[73] Two Tigers took part in the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, one finishing fourth overall, the highest placing by a front-engined rear-wheel drive car, and the other eleventh.

[23][c], Shelby had hoped to be given the contract to produce the Tiger in America, but Rootes was uneasy about the closeness of his relationship with Ford, so it was decided to build the car in England. Carrying the same registration mark it wears today, it was delivered to Wembley police garage on 8 June 1967 with 29 miles on the clock and allocated the call sign '1965'.

[f], Both Tigers suffered early mechanical failures, and neither finished the race.

Rootes decided instead to contract the assembly work to Jensen at West Bromwich in England, and pay Shelby a royalty on every car produced. [80] During its early years Rootes advertised the car extensively in Playboy magazine and lent a pink Tiger with matching interior to 1965 Playmate of the Year Jo Collins for a year.[81]. Owing to the ease and affordability of modifying the Tiger, there are few remaining cars in standard form. [80], Don Adams, who played the protagonist Maxwell Smart, gained possession of the Tiger after the series ended and later gave it to his daughters; it is reportedly on display at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. [18] Not only did Lord Rootes agree that the car would go into production, but he decided that it should be launched at the 1964 New York Motor Show, only eight months away, despite the company's normal development cycle from "good idea" to delivery of the final product being three to four years. Sunbeam Tiger: the car of Agent 86. The factory only ever designated two, the Mark I and Mark II, but as the official Mark I production spanned the change in body style from the Series IV Alpine panels to the Series V panels, the later Mark I cars are generally designated Mark IA by Sunbeam Tiger enthusiasts. [unreliable source? 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 and racing driver Carroll Shelby and produced from 1964 until 1967. [79], For the 1920s racing and speed record car, see. Two major versions of the Tiger were built: the Mark I (1964–1967) was fitted with the 260 cu in (4.3 L) Ford V8; the Mark II, of which only 633 were built in the final year of Tiger production, was fitted with the larger displacement Ford 289 cu in (4.7 L) engine. engine.

[59] Later that year Chrysler was allowed to acquire a controlling interest in Rootes for a further investment of £20 million. Jack Brabham proposed the idea to Norman Garrad after he and, Panks was almost certainly referring to the. [79] The Tiger was used for the first two seasons in the opening credits, in which Smart screeched to a halt outside his headquarters, and was used through the remainder of the series in several episodes. The first car suffered a piston failure after three hours and the second a broken crankshaft. By then, the car's original white livery had been changed to red, the mileage had climbed to 125,000, and it was the property of celebrated Cobra dealer Rod Leach, who had loaned the Tiger to Thoroughbred and Classic Cars in the hope that the publicity might attract a buyer. [2] Shortly after the takeover Chrysler ordered that production of the Tiger was to end when Rootes' stock of Ford V8 engines was exhausted; Jensen assembled the last Tiger on 27 June 1967. [3] Rootes realised that the Alpine needed more power if it was to compete successfully in world markets, but lacked a suitable engine and the resources to develop one.

[13] Jensen was soon able to assemble up to 300 Tigers a month,[31] which were initially offered for sale only in North America.

A woman would find it easy to control.

The car was purchased in 1981 in Southern California.

[55] Officially the Mark II Tiger was only available in the US, where it was called the Tiger II. [80] Some of the scenes featured unusual modifications such as a retractable James Bond-style machine gun that could not have fitted under the Tiger's bonnet, so rebadged Alpine models were used instead. 50 km, but it needs some attention concerning brakes and clutch. [32][40] By the time the Mark II car went into production Chrysler was firmly in charge of Rootes, and the "Powered by Ford" shields were replaced by "Sunbeam V-8" badges.

This is an exceptionally well presented early Series 1 car (registered Jan 61). POLICE FAST PURSUIT CAR. [46] The kerb weight of the car increased from the 2,220 lb (1,010 kg) of the standard Alpine to 2,653 lb (1,203 kg). [33] A 1965 report in the British magazine Motor Sport concluded that "No combination of an American V8 and a British chassis could be happier. The Sunbeam Alpine was by no means revolutionary in terms of design. He agreed to have the Shelby prototype shipped from America in July 1963 for him and his team to assess.

By continuing to visit this site you agree to our use of cookies. [57][58] As part of the agreement Chrysler committed not to acquire a majority of Rootes voting shares without the approval of the UK government, which was keen not to see any further American ownership of the UK motor industry. It is a little customized with a rear seat in the trunk and a non Original 6 cil. [37], All Tigers were fitted with a single Ford two barrel carburetor. [7], Ian Garrad, impatient to establish whether the conversion was feasible, commissioned racing driver and fabricator Ken Miles to build another prototype as quickly as he could. Well all right, at that price when can we start?

Runs and drives very well.