1965 Sunbeam Tiger

Started on March 13, 2004, 2:57 p.m.

While on a business trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, we found a 1965 Tiger in a barn with a straight, rust-free body and a blown motor.

It was last driven in 1974, has 41,000 miles on it, and came with an early Alpine parts car and a 289 engine.

1965 Sunbeam Tiger

Specs

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Body type:Convertible
Country of origin:England
Original price: $3425
0-60 time:7.5 seconds
Displacement:4737cc
Engine configuration:V-8
Transmission:4-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Rear-wheel drive
Brakes:disc/drum
Bolt pattern:4 x 110mm
Body width:60.5 in.
Curb weight:2560 lbs.
Wheelbase:86.0 in.

Latest Project Updates

Oct 29, 2013

United, We Stand

Oct 29, 2013

We hopped on a train to St. Michaels, Maryland, to enjoy some car and crab festivities with our Sunbeam Tiger in tow.

Oct 23, 2013

Preparing for Tigers East/Alpines East United

Oct 23, 2013

We charge our Tiger up and tweak the carb.

Jul 10, 2012

Are projects ever really finished?

Jul 10, 2012

Our Tiger has a few remaining issues we’ve been needing to sort out.

Jun 23, 2011

Tiger Unleashed

Jun 23, 2011

We made it home safe—and a little overheated—after an a/c-free road trip.

May 23, 2011

Tiger Trip Prep

May 23, 2011

A few tweaks make our Tiger a more pleasant steed for the New England 1000 Rally.

May 5, 2011

Traveling Tiger

May 5, 2011

Making plans for the Tiger this spring.

Sep 14, 2010

Going to the Sun Shakedown

Sep 14, 2010

We give our Tiger a final shakedown at the Going to the Sun Rally.

Sep 10, 2010

Taming the Tiger

Sep 10, 2010

Another round of sorting for our Tiger project.

Jun 17, 2010

Hold That Tiger!

Jun 17, 2010

We test a prototype Wilwood brake kit on our Sunbeam Tiger project.

May 10, 2009

Time for a Checkup

May 10, 2009

A chassis dyno is a great testing and tuning tool, and soon our Tiger will hit the rollers.

Nov 3, 2008

Tiger Testing

Nov 3, 2008

It’s time to put down the wrenches and start enjoying the drive in our Tiger. But first must come the sorting process, a necessary step in any new restoration.

Oct 21, 2008

Tail(pipe) of the Tiger

Oct 21, 2008

Putting together a good exhaust system for a built-up Tiger takes a little extra thought and work.

Oct 11, 2008

Bluegrass 1000 Ends on a High Note

Oct 11, 2008

Tim finds he gets along really well with Tigers.

Oct 9, 2008

Day Three in the Tiger

Oct 9, 2008

Tim takes the Tiger to the National Corvette Museum. Despite his Ford power, he was greeted warmly.

Oct 8, 2008

Day Two in the Tiger

Oct 8, 2008

Tim continues to chronicle his Tiger tour.

Oct 7, 2008

10 Hours in a Tiger

Oct 7, 2008

Hitting the road with our Sunbeam Tiger.

Sep 18, 2008

Tiger Feet

Sep 18, 2008

Figuring out Sunbeam Tiger wheels and tires.

Jul 6, 2008

Installing a Tiger Top

Jul 6, 2008

Tigers are not known for their excellent top design.

Jun 16, 2008

Odds and Ends

Jun 16, 2008

Little things mean a lot to a Tiger.

Apr 26, 2008

Live Tiger

Apr 26, 2008

We wire up our Tiger and bring it to life for the first time since 1974.

Apr 13, 2008

Tiger Oiling

Apr 13, 2008

We work through the finer points of keeping clean, cool oil running to our Tiger V8.

Mar 23, 2008

Cooling a Tiger

Mar 23, 2008

Hunting down the elusive cool Tiger.

Feb 24, 2008

Systems of a Tiger

Feb 24, 2008

Systems are everything on a project. Have a system, and tackle the reassembly system by system.

Feb 4, 2008

Restoring the Tiger's Interior

Feb 4, 2008

Tim redoes the Tiger’s interior with a little help—and a few upgrades.

Dec 27, 2007

Tiger Reassembly

Dec 27, 2007

Tim starts in on the fun work of a restoration—putting things back together.

Nov 21, 2007

Rollin'

Nov 21, 2007

It’s all about the wheels as the Tiger finally gets on four of them, and gets a new steering wheel, too.

Nov 12, 2007

Tiger Front Suspension Rebuild

Nov 12, 2007

With the engine finally in place, our attention turned to the Tiger’s front end.

Oct 1, 2007

Headers Aren't Headaches

Oct 1, 2007

The Tiger is slowly coming together.

Jul 11, 2007

A New Heart for the Tiger

Jul 11, 2007

Those who know these cars, know that the engine install is not an easy job, especially if you start changing stuff around.

Jun 5, 2007

Start Your Engines

Jun 5, 2007

Progress continues on our Tiger. This past week we spent a couple of days at Abacus Racing where we assembled and dynoed our Tiger’s engine.

May 29, 2007

Reassembling the Tiger

May 29, 2007

We are rolling along pretty nicely on our Tiger reassembly, despite being out of town for events.

Apr 12, 2007

Anatomy of a Tiger Body

Apr 12, 2007

With the rear end completed we turn our attention back to the body and paint.

Apr 3, 2007

Looking at a Tiger's Rearend

Apr 3, 2007

Putting together the rear end of our Tiger.

Nov 20, 2006

Body Fixes

Nov 20, 2006

Body work on the Tiger continues.

Jul 27, 2006

Strengthening the Frame

Jul 27, 2006

Frame work begins.

Jun 28, 2006

Rotisserie Work

Jun 28, 2006

Body work begins.

Jan 3, 2006

Tiger Restoration: Full Speed Ahead

Jan 3, 2006

Prep work in the cold.

Dec 29, 2005

Catch a Tiger by its Tail

Dec 29, 2005

A stripped Tiger.

Nov 23, 2005

Stripping the Tiger

Nov 23, 2005

Removing the junk to get to the bare metal.

Oct 20, 2005

Work Begins on Our Tiger

Oct 20, 2005

We have to start somewhere.

Mar 13, 2004

Birth of a Tiger Project

Mar 13, 2004

Here is where we started.

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1965 Sunbeam Tiger Specs

Body type:Convertible
Country of origin:England
Original price: $3425
0-60 time:7.5 seconds
Displacement:4737cc
Engine configuration:V-8
Transmission:4-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Rear-wheel drive
Brakes:disc/drum
Bolt pattern:4 x 110mm
Body width:60.5 in.
Curb weight:2560 lbs.
Wheelbase:86.0 in.
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