Putting Detroit iron into British sports cars was a popular enterprise in the 1960s, and the most commercially successful was Sunbeam’s Tiger. 7,034 examples — compared with 1,032 Shelby Cobras — were made during the 1964-1967 production run, 536 of which were the Mk IIs in 1967. Featuring Ford’s 289-ci V8, the Mk IIs were produced specifically for the U.S. market.
According to the production numbers and the seller, this numbers-matching, Carnival Red Tiger Mk II was the fourth off the line on the first day of production. And it is said to be under ownership of its second registered owner. The first owner repainted the car, but it was never wrecked and has no rust.
The seller spells out a laundry list of rebuilt and upgraded parts, including Spax adjustable front shocks, Pertronix ignition, double roller timing chain, brakes, and steering column. The radiator and fuel tank have been boiled out to remove deposits. The original tool kit, soft and hard tops come with the car. Also mentioned is a huge store of spare parts, including a stainless steel exhaust unused in box.
Just 34 Tiger Mk IIs have been sold on eBay Motors during the last three years. Good examples have averaged around $32k, and excellent ones have been around $43k. None have been claimed to be this early of a production number or have as many spare parts. Click here to see the auction listing.