1965 Sunbeam Tiger

1965 Sunbeam Tiger

While on a business trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, we found a 1965 Tiger in a barn with a straight, rust-free body and a blown motor.

It was last driven in 1974, has 41,000 miles on it, and came with an early Alpine parts car and a 289 engine.

Latest updates

Oct
29
Oct 29, 2013
United, We Stand

We hopped on a train to St. Michaels, Maryland, to enjoy some car and crab festivities with our Sunbeam Tiger in tow.

Oct
23
Oct 23, 2013
Preparing for Tigers East/Alpines East United

We charge our Tiger up and tweak the carb.

Jul
10
Jul 10, 2012
Are projects ever really finished?

Our Tiger has a few remaining issues we've been needing to sort out.

Jun
23
Jun 23, 2011
Tiger Unleashed

We made it home safe—and a little overheated—after an a/c-free road trip.

May
23
May 23, 2011
Tiger Trip Prep

A few tweaks make our Tiger a more pleasant steed for the New England 1000 Rally.

May
05
May 5, 2011
Traveling Tiger

Making plans for the Tiger this spring.

Sep
14
Sep 14, 2010
Going to the Sun Shakedown

We give our Tiger a final shakedown at the Going to the Sun Rally.

Sep
10
Sep 10, 2010
Taming the Tiger

Another round of sorting for our Tiger project.

Jun
17
Jun 17, 2010
Hold That Tiger!

We test a prototype Wilwood brake kit on our Sunbeam Tiger project.

May
10
May 10, 2009
Time for a Checkup

A chassis dyno is a great testing and tuning tool, and soon our Tiger will hit the rollers.

Nov
03
Nov 3, 2008
Tiger Testing

It's time to put down the wrenches and start enjoying the drive in our Tiger. But first must come the sorting process, a necessary step in any new restoration.

Oct
21
Oct 21, 2008
Tail(pipe) of the Tiger

Putting together a good exhaust system for a built-up Tiger takes a little extra thought and work.

Oct
11
Oct 11, 2008
Bluegrass 1000 Ends on a High Note

Tim finds he gets along really well with Tigers.

Oct
09
Oct 9, 2008
Day Three in the Tiger

Tim takes the Tiger to the National Corvette Museum. Despite his Ford power, he was greeted warmly.

Oct
08
Oct 8, 2008
Day Two in the Tiger

Tim continues to chronicle his Tiger tour.

Oct
07
Oct 7, 2008
10 Hours in a Tiger

Hitting the road with our Sunbeam Tiger.

Sep
18
Sep 18, 2008
Tiger Feet

Figuring out Sunbeam Tiger wheels and tires.

Jul
06
Jul 6, 2008
Installing a Tiger Top

Tigers are not known for their excellent top design.

Jun
16
Jun 16, 2008
Odds and Ends

Little things mean a lot to a Tiger.

Apr
26
Apr 26, 2008
Live Tiger

We wire up our Tiger and bring it to life for the first time since 1974.

Apr
13
Apr 13, 2008
Tiger Oiling

We work through the finer points of keeping clean, cool oil running to our Tiger V8.

Mar
23
Mar 23, 2008
Cooling a Tiger

Hunting down the elusive cool Tiger.

Feb
24
Feb 24, 2008
Systems of a Tiger

Systems are everything on a project. Have a system, and tackle the reassembly system by system.

Feb
04
Feb 4, 2008
Restoring the Tiger's Interior

Tim redoes the Tiger's interior with a little help--and a few upgrades.

Dec
27
Dec 27, 2007
Tiger Reassembly

Tim starts in on the fun work of a restoration--putting things back together.

Nov
21
Nov 21, 2007
Rollin'

It's all about the wheels as the Tiger finally gets on four of them, and gets a new steering wheel, too.

Nov
12
Nov 12, 2007
Tiger Front Suspension Rebuild

With the engine finally in place, our attention turned to the Tiger's front end.

Oct
01
Oct 1, 2007
Headers Aren't Headaches

The Tiger is slowly coming together.

Jul
11
Jul 11, 2007
A New Heart for the Tiger

Those who know these cars, know that the engine install is not an easy job, especially if you start changing stuff around.

Jun
05
Jun 5, 2007
Start Your Engines

Progress continues on our Tiger. This past week we spent a couple of days at Abacus Racing where we assembled and dynoed our Tiger’s engine.

May
29
May 29, 2007
Reassembling the Tiger

We are rolling along pretty nicely on our Tiger reassembly, despite being out of town for events.

Apr
12
Apr 12, 2007
Anatomy of a Tiger Body

With the rear end completed we turn our attention back to the body and paint.

Apr
03
Apr 3, 2007
Looking at a Tiger's Rearend

Putting together the rear end of our Tiger.

Nov
20
Nov 20, 2006
Body Fixes

Body work on the Tiger continues.

Jul
27
Jul 27, 2006
Strengthening the Frame

Frame work begins.

Jun
28
Jun 28, 2006
Rotisserie Work

Body work begins.

Jan
03
Jan 3, 2006
Tiger Restoration: Full Speed Ahead

Prep work in the cold.

Dec
29
Dec 29, 2005
Catch a Tiger by its Tail

A stripped Tiger.

Nov
23
Nov 23, 2005
Stripping the Tiger

Removing the junk to get to the bare metal.

Oct
20
Oct 20, 2005
Work Begins on Our Tiger

We have to start somewhere.

Mar
13
Mar 13, 2004
Birth of a Tiger Project

Here is where we started.

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