Sunbeam Alpine & Tiger Stories
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
We discovered a sweet 1965 Sunbeam Tiger at this year's Las Vegas SEMA Show.
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:
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.
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!
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.