David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/6/08 10:42 a.m.

Anyone involved in a car restoration project needs to make an important decision before turning that first wrench: What is the intended use of the car when it’s done?

When Bill Martin of Rootes Group Depot began putting Dave and Honor Stone’s 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mark II back together, the decision was made to bring the car back to its original, showroom condition. Short of firing up the time machine, Bill did everything possible to get the car back to square one.

Bill’s marching orders from the car’s owner were simple: “I want the best, most accurately restored Tiger on the planet.” And that’s what he received.

“With this car, Dave and I wanted to make a statement of sorts as there are so few stock Tigers to be seen,” Bill explains. “The Mark II is also the rarest of Tigers with only 536 produced and about 350 surviving. Because of the car’s rarity, we felt obligated to bring it back to showroom condition.”

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TR8owner HalfDork
3/18/11 2:28 p.m.

I had a Tiger 25 yrs ago. I enjoyed it but only in a way that you could when you're still young and foolish. My TR8 is just so much more pracitical and reliable as a British V8 classic that I'll never get another Tiger.

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