Jim Smart
July 18, 2007
Photos By: Jeff Ford

The Details

'65 Sunbeam Tiger Mk1
Owner: George Meinhardt,
Cincinnati, OH

Engine

  • Balanced and blueprinted Ford 289ci V-8
  • Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminum heads
  • Edelbrock F4B high-rise manifold
  • Barry Grant 650-cfm Speed Demon
  • MSD billet distributor with 7AL ignition box
  • Taylor ignition wires
  • Comp Cams flat-tappet hydraulic, 0.517/0.541 lift, 288/296 duration
  • Comp Cam roller rockers, 1.7 ratio,
  • 10.5:1 compression
  • Speed-Pro forged flat-top pistons
  • Stewart high-flow water pump
  • Griffin radiator
  • SPAL dual 10-inch electric fans

    Transmission

  • Tremec World Class T5
  • Centerforce Dual-Friction clutch
  • Centerforce flywheel

    Rearend

  • Dana 44
  • 3.31 gears

    Exhaust

  • C.A.T. ceramic-coated headers
  • Custom dual exhaust

    Suspension

  • Front: Conventional coil spring with shock absorber, rack-and-pinion steering
  • Rear: Leaf spring with lever-arm shock absorbers

    Brakes

  • Front: Wilwood four-piston disc
  • Rear: Wilwood four-piston disc

    Wheels

  • Front: Mille Miglia {{{Spider}}} Plus, 15x7-inch
  • Rear: Mille Miglia Spider Plus, 15x7-inch

    Tires

  • Front: Kumho Ecsta 711, P205/50HR15
  • Rear: Kumho Ecsta 711, P215/50HR15

    Interior

  • Saddle leather interior by Frank Vanlandingham, rosewood trim, LeCarra steering wheel

    Exterior

  • PPG basecoat/clearcoat in Orange Flame Pearl

    Sunbeam Tiger Production Facts
    ModelNo. ProducedDates Produced
    Le Mans33/64
    Mk13,7634/65 to 8/65
    Prototypes27/5/65
    Prototypes28/65
    South African Tigers73'64-'67
    Mk1A2,7068/7/65 to 2/9/66
    MkII Prototypes212/19/66
    MkII53412/66 to 6/27/67
    TOTAL7,085
    Information courtesy of Tigers United at www.tigersunited.com
    NOTE: Sunbeam was acquired by Chrysler Corporation in 1967, which is when Alpine and Tiger production ended.