This exceptional Tiger has been completely restored with every nut, bolt and other component either rebuilt or replaced with new. It has been authenticated by the Sunbeam Tiger Owners Association with TAC certification No. 658. It has just been fitted with new 15" Silverstone II wheels and Dunlop Direzza tires.
While the body shell was on a rotisserie, the complete underside was stripped and coated w/epoxy primer and all seams were filled with body seam sealer. Two coats of paintable, rubberized undercoating were applied followed by primer-sealer and three coats of Dupont Centari Acrylic Enamel matching the original color Arctic White. All exterior sheetmetal was meticulously prepared and sprayed in the same Dupont Acrylic Arctic White, as was the fully restored factory hardtop. As you would expect, the paint shows as new and is free of any dings, dents chips or other imperfections.
The interior was completely redone with original-style pebble grain vinyl and high quality sewn carpeting. Both seats were completely disassembled, blasted and rewelded for strength and assembled with new foam and support straps. The original English Walnut dash was refinished as were the original Jaeger units including optional ammeter and Smiths clock. There is the ultra-rare LAT-72 console w/original Rootes AM radio & speaker [non-functioning]. While a 14" Moto-Lita wheel is installed, the original 15" wood wheel has been restored and is included. All wiring has been replaced w/a new replacement wiring harness and window and door mechanisms have been replaced including all new rubber, weatherstripping, plugs and seals.
The stock-appearing engine is actually a late-60's date-coded 302 that's been completely rebuilt w/many performance upgrades including: Keith Black Silverlight Hypereutectic flat-top pistons, reconditioned rods w/performance rod bolts, reground crank, performance camshaft, hardened exhaust seats and guides in the completely rebuilt heads and a 4-barrel Holley carburetor. There is a 4-core radiator to cope w/the summer heat and a new 2" exhaust system w/stock manifolds that have been coated in a high heat resistant finish. The wide-ratio Toploader has been rebuilt and shifts smoothly w/a stock-appearing Hurst Competition Plus shifter.
The front suspension was completely disassembled, glass blasted, primed with epoxy, and painted with catalyzed black enamel. Shock towers were strengthened with welded 3/8" plates and the steering supports rewelded for additional support. All new A-arm bushings, ball joints, and tie rod ends were installed and the steering rack was reconditioned along with a rebuilt steering column including new u-joints. Sway-arm bushings were replaced and sway arm installed with new bushings.
Rear springs were disassembled, bead-blasted, and painted with spring paint. Spring mounted Traction Master Traction Bars were added for axle tramp reduction. New spring and chassis rubbers/bushings were installed as needed. Panhard bar body mounts were rewelded and modified for strength and rubbers replaced. All pieces were glass blasted, epoxy primed and finished with catalyzed black enamel.
The fuel tanks were properly cleaned, resealed and painted. All hoses, rubber tubes and lines are new. The fuel pump is prefiltered and fuel is metered with an adjustable pressure valve. All the brake and clutch hydraulics have been replaced or reconditioned to new. Front brake caliper dishes are all new with replacement stainless units. Brake lines and hoses are all new. As with the rest of the car the fuel system, clutch and braking systems are fully restored.
Additionally, there is a Cat Club 4-core radiator with 6-blade fan plus a thermostatically controlled electric pusher fan (retains original fan shroud),Traction Master traction bars, Ford Motorcraft "easy-access" oil filter angle adapter, tonneau cover, Talbot style mirror, and TAC certificate and sticker.
The driving experience is sublime. The car accelerates and brakes straight with little to no vibrations, shakes or rattles. Acceleration is brisk to say the least, and the exhaust note is music to the ears. This is essentially a brand new Tiger in rare and desirable colors that will surely provide the next caretaker with miles of pleasure.