1964 Sunbeam Tiger

Mk I
Not sold at a high bid of
$120,000 - $140,000
Est. Range
Lot Number
Older restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. B9471139LRXFE. Balmoral Gray with a gray hardtop over blue. 260/164hp, 4-speed, hardtop, Minilite wheels, Talbot Berlin mirror, woodrim steering wheel, pushbutton radio, jack and tool kit.

Evaluation: Restored by a Tiger specialist in 2007 and subsequently won two concours awards. Shown at The Quail in 2010. Very clean interior, engine bay and underbody. Small chip out of the chassis undercoat pictured, along with a loose seam on the driver’s seat. No longer super fresh, but still gorgeous.

Bottom Line: Tigers stopped being the “poor man’s Cobra” a long time ago, but since peaking in 2016 they’ve gradually softened and are better just described as a less rich man’s Cobra. This one sold for $123,200 at the RM Sotheby’s Arizona sale in 2019, and even given the premium for the hardtop and very strong condition that was a high price. RM expected similar money this time around given the $120k low estimate, but the bidders had a different opinion. What it’s really worth in today’s market is much closer to this reported high bid.

by Andrew Newton
2 February 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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