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1965 Sunbeam Tiger

Mk IA Roadster
Mecum Houston 2020
Thursday, 3 December - Saturday, 5 December 2020
$61,600
Sale Price
Yes
Reserve
5 December 2020
Sold Date
122
Lot Number
#3+
Older restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. B382000599LRXFE. British Racing Green over black vinyl. 260-cid, 164hp Ford V-8, 4-speed, Panasport wheels, Dunlop Direzza tires, hardtop and soft top, Edelbrock aluminum intake, Holley 4-barrel, aluminum radiator, ceramic coated headers, stainless exhaust.

Evaluation: Restored in original colors with a performance-built engine. Tidy engine bay and underbody. Older respray with numerous small scratches, chips, and blisters, but nothing that couldn’t be ignored and left alone. Older chrome. Newer wheels. Clean interior that looks fully or at least mostly redone. A usable Tiger with a few tasteful upgrades.

Bottom Line: Went on Bring a Trailer last December but stayed unsold at a lackluster $47,250 high bid. The more generous winning bid in Houston is on the modest side for a solid Tiger with a hardtop, considering the sound condition, performance upgrades, and new wide tires and wheels. Although prices have been softening somewhat for these cars after their big surge a few years ago, this result is ahead of the curve and a decent bargain for the new owner.

by Andrew Newton
17 December 2020
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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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