Now I am regularly involved in the Sunbeam Alpines I own. I love working on anything mechanical. As you read on through this experience I have had with one of my Alpines you will perchance get the “bug” to obtain one of the different Alpine Series from SI to SV. I got the Bug to do a V6 Conversion to one of my Alpines…. ARead More
This is a '66 Alpine with a Buick 215 V8 aluminum motor. The block weighs about 170lb less than a cast iron block, so it's easier on the suspension. I run a mild Isky hydraulic cam, Edelbrock high risem a 650cfm Holley and headers. I have a Mustang front end, Ford 8" rear end and a Mustang T5 5 speed transmission.Read More
My brother from Vancouver visited me in Charlotte, NC and we decided to drive the Sunbeam to Charleston, SC so he could meet my girlfriend who was visiting friends.Read More
About 25 years ago I saw an ad in the KC Star for an Alpine. I went to look and was excited even though the head was off, the car had been painted orange with a brush and the left side was hard against the wall of the garage so I couldn’t see the terrible rust damage. But for $600 I had my dream (nightmare!).Read More
The Tiger was purchased new by my parents in late 1964 from a dealership in southern California. It was used as a daily driver for many years.Read More
I located the MK1 in San Francisco in 2009. It had 24,000 miles and sported the original steel rims, hubcaps, trim rings, air cleaner unit, tool kit and hard top.Read More
When I found it the rear wheels were locked up and the engine had not been turned over in the 15 years it was stored. Mold was growing in the carpets.Read More
This is my second Tiger. I miss my first one, so when I saw this one up for sale, I bought it immediately. This is a true restoration with a fuel injected small blue oval V8.Read More
My 1966 Sunbeam Alpine Series II was delivered to me in Hong Kong in 1968. It was originally in British Racing Green, but I had it painted in Champagne Gold in 1988.Read More
While sitting in the Tiger at the starting grid I spotted a golf cart approaching out of the corner of my eye. The car pulled up right next to me and I was astonished to find Carroll Shelby nose to nose with me.He then said to me very sincerely, "You know, of all the cars I worked on, I liked these the best!"Read More
In 1967, I was seventeen. My father’s best friend was the Rootes Group Dealer in the next town over, Weymouth, Mass. I wish I had a photograph of our driveway back then. My mother had a brand new red Hillman Super Minx Station Wagon. My dad was driving a brand new Blue Sunbeam Tiger with the 289. My 21 year old brother got my father's hand-me-down. Poor SOB....a white ‘65 Tiger 260.Read More
During our Route 66 travels into the southwest in the Spring of 1967, a wire wheel on our Alpine roadster had collapsed, and when I learned that Albuquerque had no Sunbeam dealer, I reconciled myself to having to mail order a replacement from England. Well into our stay, I was told of a local enterprise that might have such a thing, Nine Mile Hill Garage, located west of Albuquerque on the nine mile long incline to the mesa, a place we had passed many times. I drove in one day thinking that a greasy fingernails garage was certain not to have a Sunbeam-Talbot wire wheel, but when I went inside, I was amazed at the extent of racing hardware, photos, and posters all around. This place was big and clearly not just a garage; it was a race shop of high breeding that immediately intrigued me. Stepping to the counter, I told the young parts man what I was looking for and held no hope that he even knew what I was talking about. He went back into the garage and returned in short order with exactly what I was looking for, a brand new wire wheel trued and balanced. I was amazed, and the price wasn't nearly as much as I anticipated having to pay for a wheel shipped from England.
Looking around further, I asked the parts man about the place.
"This is the Unser brother's garage," he said. "You know, the Indy 500 racers."
I didn't know, but I was pleased to actually be there, now with a purchase in my hand that gave our Alpine a spare and me with memories that I would always recall as another unexpected adventure.
We discovered a sweet 1965 Sunbeam Tiger at this year's Las Vegas SEMA Show.Read More
The car was purchased nearly new Jan 1968 and has been my personal car ever since. It has been up dated every year for the last 38 years. The following is a simple list of improvements:Read More
I purchased my Tiger new in April 1968 from a Dodge dealer in Visalia, California. It has been driven on a regular basis for the last 46 years. Current mileage is 46,045. I have an aftermarket hardtop, but haven’t used it for at least 20 years.Read More
I own five British cars currently 1965 AH 3000, 1969 AH Sprite, 1954 MGTF, 1974 TR6, 1986 TVR 280I. I have been a fan of them since I was a tot. This experience I’m about to share with you was during the ownership of my first automobile a 1963 battleship grey Sunbeam Alpine. When I was in high school, a friend and I drove to Columbus, Ohio to a theater to watch the movie, DR NO. My alpine was valet parked across the street from the theater which I believe was on State Street. After watching that wonderful James Bond movie, we walked over to parking garage and the car came down to us and we entered the car I started to drive off when my friend told me to look at the odometer which gave me cold shiver down my spine, it read 007. My friend said, “Where’s this car been?” As this is the same model and same color we just watched in the movie. This is the kind of life event you just do not forget.
I purchased this ex-racer with blown motor on Thanksgiving in 2008. I rebuilt the motor and drove it until my shoestring restoration started in June 2012. I completed the restoration in June 2014. This is the last one I will do!Read More
Being an automotive enthusiast, I've been fortunate to own many fascinating automobiles. I'm a former employee of the Ford Motor Company, so the Tiger's V8 power plant naturally drew my interest. I am the third owner of this 1966 Tiger; I've owned it now for four years.Read More