"Collector Series" is shipped in a special
mailer to prevent damage. You can combine your Super
Ford "Collector Series" purchases and you
will pay $2.95 S&H for the 1st one you buy, and
there is absolutely no additional S&H charge for
any additional "Collector Series" you buy
at the same time !
If you decide
to purchase another item from our store, or one of our
other auctions at the same time, you may combine your
purchases to save on your shipping and handling.
FLORIDA RESIDENTS ADD
7% SALES TAX . IF YOU ARE FROM FLORIDA AND YOU DON"T
INCLUDE YOUR SALES TAX, YOUR ORDER WILL BE HELD UP UNTIL
THE SALES TAX IS PAID.
This is Super Ford Collector Series # 53 on: "The LE MANS TIGERS". This 8 1/2" X 11" print is in black, green, brown, and orange on a real nice fine finish white paper. (This collector series has a misprint in the 8th line. The date April 3, 1969 - should be: April 3, 1964.)
Rootes Motors West Coast manager Ian Garrad convinced Lord Rootes to commission Ken Miles to perform the first V-8 transplant. Then it was off to Carroll Shelby's facility for refinement.
Powered by a 260 cubic inch Ford V8 the first Sunbeam Tigers provided an excellent combination of horsepower, handling, and economy, and with a sticker price of $3,499.00, they were a true bargain in 1964.
Later in 1964, Chrysler Corporation acquired control of Rootes Motors (builders of the Sunbeam Alpine and Tiger cars), but the Chrysler 273 cubic inch small block V8 was too big and bulky to fit into the Alpine body.
Because of this, the 260 cubic inch Ford V8 was retained for production of the Tigers, (this must have really upset those guys in Chrysler Corporation).
In late 1966, Ford informed the Rootes Division that the 260 V8 had been dropped from the engine lineup, and that the 289 Cubic Inch V8 would be taking it's place.
Rootes Motors took this opportunity to make moderate styling changes and drive train improvements.
The enthusiasm created by the new car caused such a stir inside the Rootes Motors headquarters, that a number of company executives began looking towards competition with a serious attitude.
The most prestigious race in the world was the 24 hours of Le Mans, and that's where they set their goal.
To win class at Le Mans would certainly put the new Sunbeam Tiger in a favorable sales bracket and win the much needed prestige for Rootes Motors Inc.
The article continues to tell of the firm that was commissioned to build the cars, the specs on the cars, the specs on the Carroll Shelby engines built for the cars, the suspension testing and subsequent changes, the speeds, the production figure, and the demise of the cars.
Yes, few Sunbeam Tiger enthusiasts even know that these cars exist.
They are the rarest of the Tiger breed... indeed !
YO!!! YOU GOTTA CHECK THIS
Cool Movie "Race with the Devil"
Show "Where were you in '62"
EVEN MORE IN OUR STORE !!!
SURE TO CHECK OUT MORE "COOL" FORD T-SHIRTS, HATS,
AND OTHER GOODIES WE HAVE FOR SALE IN OUR STORE.
FIND A COMPLETE LIST OF THE CATEGORIES IN THE COLUMN ON
THE LEFT. INCLUDED AMONG THE "FORD GOODIES" ARE
A NUMBER OF ORIGINAL UNCIRCULATED ISSUES OF THE "REAL"
SUPER FORD MAGAZINE PUBLISHED FROM 1974 THRU 1986.
OF THESE ISSUES FEATURE ONE OF THE SUPER FORD COLLECTOR
SERIES INSIDE THEM ! BE SURE TO CHECK THEM OUT, YOU MAY
DECIDE YOU WANT ONE OF THE COMPLETE BACK ISSUES THAT FEATURES
YOUR FAVORITE FORDS, OR ONE THAT ALREADY HAS YOUR FAVORITE
SUPER FORD COLLECTOR SERIES IN IT !