Sunbeam - Sunbeam Tiger
A very different version of Sunbeam Alpine was the Sunbeam Tiger available from 1964. This had the Ford 4.3 litre V8 260 cubic inch engine under the bonnet and, not long after for 1967, the 4.7 litre 289 cubic inch engine as used in the Mustang, but these larger capacity Mk2's were for the USA market only. The idea and persuasion for all this had come from Carroll Shelby, who had hoped to assemble them in the USA, but this did not materialise and instead Carol Shelby was paid a royalty on each car built. The Sunbeam Tiger had terrific straight line performance, but one issue when used on circuits was the 13" wheels which resulted in the disc brakes and callipers perhaps a little compact, and shrouded. Since Roots group was being courted by Chrysler,who eventually took over the Rootes Group, having their rival Ford engine powering one of their front line sports models did not appeal to Chrysler. And a Chrysler engine wouldn't fit in the engine bay. The Sunbeam Tiger was built until 1967
The original tyre fitment for the Sunbeam Tiger was 5.90x13 which is 165R13 size. We also make a fatter tyre of the same diameter for those that want to go that route, size 185/70VR13 , which is the size we often supply.