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AJ's Car of the Day 1967 Sunbeam Tiger MK II

Car: Sunbeam Tiger MK II

Year: 1967

What makes it special: Sunbeam Tiger's are the V8 high-performance version of the British Rootes Group's Sunbeam Alpine Roadster which was designed in part by the late Carroll Shelby and produced from 1964 until 1967. He had carried out a similar V8 conversion on the AC Cobra, and hoped to be offered the contract to produce the Tiger at his facility in America.

What made it famous: There were two major versions of the Tiger that were built, consisting of the 1964-'67 Series I equipped with the 260 cu in Ford V8, and this one, the Series II, of which only 633 were built in the final year of Tiger production, that came equipped with the larger Ford 289 cu in engine.

Why I would want one: Two simple reasons. It's a good looking, low production series roadster, and the fact that it has a Ford V8, which is incredibly fun to drive when there is that much motor in a small sports car. 'Nuff said.

Fun fact: For two years, the Sunbeam Tiger MK II was the American Hot Rod Association's national record holder over a quarter-mile drag strip.

( 1967 Sumbeam Tiger MK II photo from investmentmotorcars.com )

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