1967 Sunbeam Tiger (Barn Find)

How do you make a snazzy roadster more appealing to the world market? Easy, drop in a V8 engine. Such was the problem British manufacturer Rootes Motors had with its underpowered Sunbeam Alpine, and such was the solution proposed by Formula 1 champion Jack Brabham. Rootes had discussed a Ferrari-powered partnership, but talks broke down. Brabham suggested a Ford V8 powerplant that led Rootes’ west coast sales manager to look up the local authority on Ford V8-powered roadsters, Carroll Shelby. Shelby developed a lively prototype using a Ford 260 V8. The final 633 models of 1967 (more than 7,000 total were built since 1964) has the even more powerful Ford 289 V8. The 289 rocketed this 2,500-pound roadster around roads and racetracks and is the drivetrain used in Forza Motorsport 6. British heritage meets American muscle: it’s a melting pot with all the right ingredients.

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