Working Man's Cobra:

1965 Sunbeam Tiger Tribute
With 289-V8 & 4-Speed!

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For long, the Sunbeam Tiger has been labeled as the poor man's Cobra, and perhaps that's still true to this day.

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While a genuine 289 Cobra is now valued at over a million dollars, a contemporary 289 Tiger can be had for 10% of that amount, often less.

For those of us who have to work for a living, even that might be a bit rich.

The 1965 Sunbeam presented here, VIN *SUN65B9400848*, started life as an Alpine. The previous owner who resides in Santa Barbara, purchased it in 2012 and converted the car to Tiger specs, using a salvaged donor.

The car is titled as a Roots and comes with a clean California Certificate of Title.

Odometer reads 38,268 but since we do not know if that's the actual mileage, we will sell it as such.

Tiger is registered to the California plate ITS A 289. Both license plates are included in the sale.

The body is straight, rust free, with good to very good gaps and shut lines all around.

Tiger side trim, exclusive to Series 1 cars, is brand new.

There's a few paint flaws, as shown in the detail photos.

Black canvas convertible top appears to be new.

Interior is comfy, even for a long legged pilot and his passenger.

The car has been repainted many years ago. It's almost certainly a color change, most likely from Old English White, to the current red.

This Tiger walks on genuine Panasport alloys, with brand new tires on all four corners.

Motorvation comes from a period-correct Ford 289 V8, breathing threw a 2-barrel carburetor. The engine is coupled to a Ford 4-speed manual transmission.

Visible in the engine compartment are the aluminum radiator, supported by twin electric fans, a remote oil filter, and beautiful period-correct aluminum air filter and valve covers, accompanied by an aluminum coolant overflow canister.

There are no fluid leaks, not even underneath.

Tiger dash is all business, with 7 round Jaeger gauges, a banjo steering wheel, and a dominating black theme.

Ford 4-speed transmission shifts smoothly.

Black wool carpeting is new.

Both seats are covered in genuine leather.

The hides are free of rips, tears, or any other imperfections and only show the slightest form of patina, just enough to realize it's leather, not vinyl.

Dash top is free of cracks.

All of the gauges work as they should.

Birdseye view.

Doors are rust free, even underneath.

Classic, purposeful rear end.

Rust free trunk contains the battery, the spare, and assorted parts.

The undercarriage is, as you'd expect it from a California car, absolutley rust free. We couldn't find any sign of accident damage either.

Interestingly, the dual exaust system features dual catalytic converters!

Details . . .

The car runs, starts, and drives beautifully.

Thanks to a rebuilt rack-and-pinon steering, the car handles very well. Brakes anchor the lightweight Roadster with authority.

The Sunbeam Tiger is an iconic sports car of the Swingin' Sixties, minimalistic, purposeful, fun.

Thanks to good parts supply and off-the-shelf mechanicals, it's easy to live with and can be restored indefinitely.

If you can live with non-matching numbers in exchange for having to spend tens of thousands of dollars less, here's your opportunity to acquire a wonderful keeper.


You are most welcome to inspect this fine automobile at our location in Ventura, by appointment, or have someone inspect it for you.
Please, direct all inquiries to or call us at 805-792-9797.