1965 Sunbeam Tiger PrivateCars - Asheville - 25 views
This 1965 Sunbeam Tiger is a numbers-matching car that was purchased by the seller four years ago and has been driven approximately 4k miles since. It was sold new in Washington before moving to Arizona for many years and then to a Chicago-based collector in 2009, who had the car repainted in its factory Carnival Red. Powered by its original 260ci V8 mated to a Ford 4-speed top-loader manual transmission, the car received a refurbishment shortly after the seller’s acquisition in 2012 that included an engine rebuild as detailed below, transmission reseal, new clutch, underside refresh, and more. A mechanical freshening performed 600 miles ago featured suspension work, a wheel/tire upgrade, and more as detailed below. This Tiger is now being offered with a refinished factory hardtop, some original parts, STOA certificate of authenticity, service records since the 1990s, a binder with receipts and photos of the refresh, and a clean North Carolina title in the seller’s name.
The body was repainted in Carnival Red by the previous owner, and the seller had the rear suspension rebuilt by Harry’s Auto Body in Asheville with a Sunbeam Specialists bushing kit, re-arching, sandblasting, painting, and reassembly with new bushings and bolts. One leaf spring was added to raise the factory stance. The traction arms were also stripped, painted, and fitted with new bushings. Finally, a new set of correct rear shocks were installed. The door sills and trunk keep their original paint finish per the seller.
Rolling stock consists of 15″ Halibrand two-piece wheels measuring 6″ wide up front with a 3.75 offset and 7″ wide in the rear with a 4.25 offset. They are wrapped in Yokohama S.drive 195/50 series rubber all around. The factory 13″steel wheels with hubcaps, rings, and Michelin tires are included as displayed in the photo gallery.
A factory hardtop was sourced by the seller, sandblasted, rebuilt with a kit from Sunbeam Specialties, and painted Embassy Black. A new factory-style convertible top was installed, and the original tonneau cover is also included. Side-view mirrors were recently added.
The prior owner had both seats rebuilt while retaining the factory vinyl upholstery.
A new dashboard and dash pad from Sunbeam Specialties were recently fitted along with Coco mats. The gauges were cleaned while the dashboard was out. The odometer displays 60,474 miles and is considered to be accurate by the seller.
This Tiger retains its matching-numbers 260ci V8 per the STOA certificate and picture of the engine stamping in the gallery. It also has its original 4-speed Ford top-loader transmission, intake manifold, and two-barrel Autolite carburetor with the seller having had several professionals inspect and verify the components. Around 600 miles ago, the seller had a rebuild of the engine and transmission performed. Local Ford specialist Robert Reeves did a complete blueprint/balance with new .30 over pistons, rings, main bearings, rods, roller cam, timing chain, oil pump, rocker arms, intake and exhaust valves, valve seats, valve springs, valve guides, push rods, and rod bolts. New transmission seals were also added. Additional work included: New clutch New electric fuel pump New starter New water pump Robert Woolridge water pump pulley (13% faster than stock) Carburetor rebuilt New clutch master cylinder Latest version Griffin aluminum radiator Five-blade high speed Derale fan New radiator cap and 180 thermostat New fan belt and all hoses Electric pusher fan with thermostat set to 190 Closed off horn holes Pertronix 3 distributor with new flame thrower coil
As a result, this Tiger is noted to run at a steady 190-195 degrees. While the engine was out, the bay was repainted. New engine and transmission mounts were installed.
The seller also addressed the underside by having it stripped down and sealed using Wurth High Build Underseal for the wheel wells, Wurth Flexi-Trim Satin Black for the undercarriage, and Rust-Oleum satin black for the rear differential, axle, and drive shaft. Once completed, a new stainless steel exhaust system was installed including all-new gaskets, hangers, and bushings from Sunbeam Specialties. Many other undercarriage pictures are provided in the photo gallery.
The STOA certificate of authenticity is shown above, while documentation since the 1990s covering all recent refurbishment work will also be included with the sale. In addition to the factory wheels, the original distributor/coil, radiator, four-blade engine fan, and fan pulley will also be included.