Market Finds: This Automotive Feline Is Not Kitten Around

This Automotive Feline Is Not Kitten Around

By Petrolicious Productions
June 16, 2014

The car: 1966 Sunbeam Tiger

Price: $68,500

Location: Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

Original Ad: Click here

If you liked the Sunbeam Tiger featured in today’s video, you’ll love this: In the 1962 film Dr. No, Sean Connery sped around curves and eluded death in a Sunbeam Alpine, starting James Bond’s association with dangerous living and stylish cars. Whereas that rag-top had a four-cylinder motor, the Sunbeam Tiger was equipped with a 260-ci Ford V8. Any vehicle that makes what 007 (rents and) drives look reserved is not playing. Especially when you consider that that car’s original prototype was developed with the help of the one and only Mr. Carroll Shelby.

From 1964 to 1967, the Rootes Group, Sunbeam’s parent company, produced over 7,000 Tigers. This particular cat was built on April Fools’ Day (April 1) in 1965 and titled as a ’66. However, its owner wasn’t joking when it came to respectfully upgrading it. It features “staggered 15″ Panasports shod with modern high-performance rubber (original wheels, hubcaps, trim rings, and correct NOS vintage Michelin 5.90-13 radials also included).”

Only three people have owned this 55,790-mile roadster, which has been certified by the Tiger Authentication Committee and given high marks by a senior TAC inspector. Perhaps “the original tool kit with all the ‘impossible-to-find’ original Tiger-specific” pieces had something to do with this Sunbeam getting praise that put it on the same level as the one in Jay Leno’s garage. No kidding.

If you know of a great, stylish car for sale and would like us to feature it, please let us know!

Petrolicious makes no claim as to the accuracy of the information contained in the car’s original listing, nor will it be held responsible for any errors in said information. If you’re interested in this car, do your homework and research it extensively before you buy.

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