1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1 PrivateCars - Naples - 105 views
This 1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1 is a restored example with a stock 260 V8, four-speed toploader, refinished hardtop, and Sunbeam Tiger Owners Association Certificate of Authenticity (#0970). The car was first registered in November 1965 in Arizona, and while its early history is unknown it passed through at least two more owners before a partial restoration was completed in the mid-2000s. The seller brought it to Florida in March 2008 and has stored it in a climate controlled garage while finishing it to a higher level. Most components have been restored or replaced including a newer soft top and period LAT wheels. This is a sharp-looking Tiger that is believed to retain its original engine and transmission.
Originally white, the car was repainted in Crossfire Yellow by a previous owner. The finish shows well and retains a smooth and even gloss throughout. The seller points out two small holes for a formerly mounted passenger side mirror and a handful of other flaws are detailed in the gallery below, many of which have been repaired with two-stage touchup paint since the car was photographed.
Panels look straight with no obvious signs of accident damage or major patching, though a weld pictured in the driver’s side door jamb may signify past repair. Polished alloy wheels from Los Angeles Tigers wear removable spinner caps and modern Goodyear radials.
The seller put a lot of effort into replacing missing trim and other small parts after the car’s arrival in Florida. Bumpers and other chrome pieces are straight and maintain a deep shine. Lucas “tripod” headlights are featured up front and other lenses are clear and bright.
The included hardtop has been refreshed in glossy black and its headliner is clean but somewhat loose. According to the seller, the hardtop’s fit with the door glass is not perfect and could be improved.
A soft top is also included and fits over a powder-coated metal frame which has been converted from cable to velcro closure. The seller notes that the hinged soft top covers original to the MK1 Tiger were rattle-prone and have been removed in favor of a soft cover.
The trunk has been fitted with a new liner and the battery is held in its original location by factory welded loops and equipped with a cutoff. A new spare tire is present, as are the correct clips for the factory jack and handle.
The interior is very sharp and has been reupholstered in the factory style with tan seat covers, center console, and GT-style door panels. The dash cover and carpets are also newer, and there are minimal signs of use throughout. Additional sill and pillar welting has been added on advice from the STOA since the car was photographed.
The original wood-rimmed steering wheel has been restored and the walnut dash houses clean instrumentation and switchgear. The odometer reads 112,856 miles but true mileage is unknown due to a broken gear, which also renders the speedometer inoperable.
Interior wiring is said to be new, and a fresh blower motor and ductwork have replaced the original items removed in the car’s Arizona days. A new heater core is also present and plumbed, but is blocked because it is not needed in Florida.
The seller believes the 260ci V8 to be original due to the production date stamp falling in the correct sequence. Reportedly rebuilt in 2008, it is said to run nicely. A correct air cleaner was sourced to replace a 1960s aftermarket item that was previously on the car. A new carburetor is fed by a fresh electric fuel pump mounted under the passenger floor.
The seller says the car will idle for extended periods in Florida heat without issue thanks to a revamped cooling system featuring an aluminum multi-core radiator, reworked fan shroud, Fairlane water pump, modified pulley, and overflow tank with built-in pressure gauge.
The engine bay looks tidy and much of the wiring, hoses, and clamps are new. Non-original screws indicate chassis tag JAL#562754 was likely removed and reattached during the restoration.
The seller was not happy with the shift linkage when he bought the car so he had it rebuilt and says it feels great now. The four-speed toploader also received a new clutch. Dual exhausts feature heat-wrapped mufflers.
A recent brake job on all four corners included a new master cylinder. The car’s underside bears some evidence of minor patchwork in the past, but looks clean overall.
Certificate of Authenticity #0970 indicates this is a genuine Tiger per inspection by the STOA. Records include current and prior titles and restoration receipts dating to 2008. The seller has driven the car sparingly during his eight year ownership but has enjoyed the challenge of bringing the car to its current condition.