Inspired by Carroll Shelby’s success in shoehorning a Ford V8 into the AC Ace to create the Cobra, Rootes asked Shelby to perform the same trick with its Sunbeam Alpine sports car. Ford’s 260 cubic-inch (4.2-liter) unit was chosen, similar to that used in the Cobra and more than capable of powering a car that began life with a 1.6-liter four. Assembled by Jensen Motors and introduced in 1964, the Tiger featured a stronger gearbox and rear axle plus rack-and-pinion steering. Vastly superior to its Alpine progenitor in performance terms, the Tiger stormed to 60 mph in around 7 seconds and peaked at 117 mph.
Imported into Switzerland from the US 12 years ago, this left-hand drive Tiger Mark I has belonged to a Swiss enthusiast for the past nine years and has benefited from “constant restoration” during this time. The amount of work
carried out is evident from the car’s condition, stated as “excellent” in all departments. Recent refurbishment has included a carburetor rebuild, a new clutch and gearbox (two years ago), plus new tires and tonneau cover. Finished in blue with black upholstery and equipped with a Nardi steering wheel and Minilite alloy wheels, this potent and desirable Anglo-American sports car comes with its Swiss Permis de Circulation and roadworthiness certificate.