1967 Sunbeam Tiger MKII Roadster
Classic car collectors, here is an ultra-scarce species that rarely surfaces and when they do, more often than not they are not in their factory correct form. That is not the case w/ the amazing car you are looking at right now.
‘Red Hills Rods & Classics’ is proud to offer you this award-winning, all numbers matching, rotisserie restored 1967 Sunbeam Tiger MKII Roadster. This Tiger II is a show-stopper folks! The Sunbeam Tiger is a high-performance V8 version of the British Rootes Group's Sunbeam Alpine roadster, designed in part by American car designer & racer, Carroll Shelby, and produced from 1964 thru 1967. As we know, Shelby had carried out a similar V8 conversion on the AC Cobra, and hoped to be offered the contract to produce the Tiger at his facility in America. Rootes decided instead to contract the assembly work to Jensen at West Bromwich, England, and pay Carroll Shelby a royalty on every car produced. Two major versions of the Tiger were built, the Tiger Mark I (1964–1967), which was fitted w/ the Ford 260ci V8; and the Tiger Mark II, of which only 534 were built in the final year of Tiger production, and was fitted w/ the larger Ford 289ci engine. Production ended in 1967 soon after the Rootes Group was taken over by Chrysler, which did not have a suitable engine to replace the Ford V8. As I stated previously, owing to the ease and affordability of modifying the Tiger, there are very few remaining MKII cars in their factory correct form.
This spectacular example is very well known in the Sunbeam Tiger world, and is simply known as the Wallach MKII. It was originally found in southern Colorado and was a one-owner Tiger at the time of its discovery. This 100% rust-free Tiger MK2 was an amazing find and was taken to Chris Richards Automotive in Arcata, CA. for a no-expense spared, comprehensive frame-off restoration, meticulously done to factory specifications. She retains the original #’s matching 289ci Ford motor, original #'s matching Toploader wide-ratio 4-speed transmission, and original #'s matching Salsbury rear differential. Every single component on the car was removed, the body was mounted on a rotisserie, and the underside of the floor pan & frame were then stripped to bare metal and coated with epoxy primer. All seams were carefully filled w/ high-quality body-seam sealer, and two coats of rubberized paintable undercoating were applied. Then came the automotive primer-sealer, followed by (3) coats of Dupont Centari Acrylic Enamel in the car’s original factory correct color of Carnival Red. All of the chrome trim & brightwork was completely restored to show-quality condition. The trunk, floor pan & engine compartment were finished w/ the same multi-step process as the underside of the floor pan & frame. All new rubber weather-stripping, seals, window channels, hoses, etc. were then applied. The body is laser straight all the way around, and the Carnival Red paint is absolutely gorgeous w/ a brilliant polished shine. The gloss black hard top was fully restored to ‘as new’ condition, and a new black Robbins soft top was installed as well. Also, a new black tonneau cover is included, which can cover the entire interior, or unzipped for driver access (see photos). A Talbot style mirror was added which rounds out the perfect racing look. This Tiger II sits on the original 13” steel wheels w/ freshly restored chrome caps & beauty rings, wrapped in 6.00 x 13” white-wall radial tires. Again, this car is an absolute show-stopper folks!
The interior & trunk area are correctly finished w/ matching black pebble-grain vinyl and black high-quality sewn carpeting. The seats were completely disassembled, blasted, re-welded for strength, and assembled w/ new foam, supports straps and black vinyl. The dash cover is a new ‘original style’ piece that enhances the original English Walnut veneer dash board. All of the original gauges are completely reconditioned Jaeger units and function perfectly. The original wiring harness was in near perfect condition, so it was cleaned, fully inspected, and then re-installed. The window and door mechanisms were completely restored, including all rubbers, weather-stripping, plugs and seals, and the original wooden steering wheel was reconditioned and looks ‘as new’. The original seat belts are still present and in excellent condition w/ the original Mopar sewn tags. I doubt you will ever find a more perfect interior on a Tiger MKII. The trunk area was fully restored to factory correct specs, including the original 13” spare wheel & matching tire, original jack assembly, and original tool bag/tools.
The original #’s matching 289ci Ford motor was completely rebuilt & fully balanced, and includes: Keith Black Silverline Hypereutectic flat-top pistons, reconditioned rods w/ performance rod bolts, reground crankshaft, w/ an upgraded performance camshaft to match the re-jetted carburetor. The cylinder heads have new valves, w/ hardened exhaust seats and guides, and the intake manifold is the original Ford cast 2V manifold w/ the original Ford 2100 carburetor. Air is filtered by the original AC air filter element. The original stock exhaust manifolds were coated w/ a high-heat resistant finish, and the exhaust system was upgraded w/ a new stainless steel 1 7/8” system. The original radiator was re-cored w/ a ‘new-technology’ core and installed w/ the original fan shroud, and a new 6-blade fan was installed, which fits perfectly. The original #’s matching Ford Toploader 4-speed transmission was completely rebuilt, and includes a special Hurst Competition Plus Shifter that has the appearance of the original ‘short handle’ shifter, yet has the nice tight & close pattern feel that one expects in a competition classic. The driveline was glass media blasted, painted w/ proper black enamel, and enhanced w/ heavy duty U-joints. The original #’s matching rear differential was disassembled, inspected and rebuilt with new bearings, seals, and ‘proper’ paint. The front suspension was completely disassembled, glass blasted, primed w/ epoxy, and painted w/ catalyzed black enamel, and the steering supports were rewelded for additional support. All new A-arm bushings, ball joints, and tie rod ends were installed, and the steering rack was reconditioned. The steering column was rebuilt including new steering U-joints, and the sway-arm was re-installed w/ all new bushings. The rear springs were disassembled, bead blasted, and painted with spring paint, and a spring mounted Traction Master Traction Bars were added for axle tramp reduction. The Panhard bar body-mounts were rewelded & modified for strength, and the Panhard bar-rubbers were replaced. The fuel tanks were properly cleaned, resealed, and painted. All of the hoses, rubber tubes, and lines are new, and the fuel pump is NOS original. All the brake and clutch hydraulics have been replaced or reconditioned to new, the front brake caliper dishes are all new w/ replacement stainless units, and the brake lines and hoses are all new as well. As with the rest of the car, the fuel system, clutch and braking systems were fully restored. Even beyond the nut & bolt restoration, and its sensational appearance, my favorite thing about this Tiger II is the way it runs, drives & performs. She fires up instantly, settling into a nice smooth idle, and when it’s time to go, let me tell you, she GOES! These Tiger Mark II’s are underappreciated when it comes to performance, and I’m guessing it’s because there are so few out there that most people will never get the chance to drive one. This Tiger II pulls hard, and pins you back in the seat when you apply your right foot firmly. I was absolutely amazed at the power & torque that she delivers. She drives, steers, brakes & performs perfectly in every way. I am glad that I got to experience this car, as I am sure that I will never again have another example that compares. It is truly an amazing classic car.
After its completion, the car was shown at several prestigious sports car events, where it always took home an award, including third place overall @ the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance. Regarding authenticity, this Tiger MKII, B382100356LRXFE, had been TAC’d (Tiger Authentication Certificate) by the Sunbeam Tiger Owners Association and retains its original untouched VIN tag rivets. Of course, the TAC certificate & sticker will go w/ the car, along w/ the original Tiger II owner’s manual, (2) show display-boards, an original Tiger illustration poster, (6) entry show cards, the award badge from the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance, and a binder full of receipts & photos of the no-expense spared rotisserie restoration.
This is an investment-grade classic car in every way, period. This 1967 Sunbeam Tiger MKII is for the high-end collector who has been searching diligently for the perfect Sunbeam Tiger, but has come to realize just how hard they are to acquire in their factory correct form. Finished in arguably the most beautiful color combination, and considering the all original rust-free sheet metal, the all #’s matching driveline, the correct nut & bolt rotisserie restoration, the STOA authentication, and awards from the nation’s most prestigious sports car events, I think you will agree that it would be next to impossible to find a finer example anywhere @ any price.