Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sunbeam Tiger - 1966

SUNBEAM TIGER ....





 The English industrialist John Marston is the origin of the firm " Sunbeam Motor Car Compagny "he moved to Wolverhampton in 1905. If the beginning of the activity was devoted to the manufacture of bicycles, soon production cars will go accelerating from 1913 offering several models. After the first world war, in order to boost production, Sunbeam Talbot joins the French Darracq and creating the " Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq Motors LTD . " In addition to building classic cars, " Sunbeam "is also dedicated to the competition and records. In 1935, the STD group was bought by the firm " Rootes ". In the 50s, Sunbeam will win many successes in competition with famous drivers like Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn in big classics like Monte Carlo, the RAC, the Tour de France or the Acropolis. Finally, in 1967, Chrysler resume the Rootes Group ....

 

The Sunbeam Alpine Series I spell chains in 1959, at that time the brand is still owned by the Rootes Group. Powered by a 1494cc four-cylinder, singularly lacking power, it will be replaced in 1960 by the Series II, equipped with a 1592cc engine increased to. Follow the series III, the favorite of purists, in 1963 and early 1964 the Series IV which is characterized by the rear fenders and grille redesigned. This is a nice 2-seater spider to face increasing competition this will have to be improved engines. To fight against Triumph, MG and Austin Healey others, the firm decides to graft a V8. Adaptation work is entrusted to Shelby Cobra has already created. A prototype is built and brought to England and the parent Rootes and is seduced into a contract with Ford to supply engines. All the work put into production and certification is done by Rootes. The body of the Alpine is kept intact, yet the American V8 is under the hood. It retains most of his little sister and it was renamed Alpine Sunbeam Tiger ....


 Commercialization of amazing Sunbeam Tiger began in 1964. In fact, Tiger is produced in parallel to the Alpine, Sunbeam but does not make up the two sets, the production of the Tiger is entrusted to Jensen. This is a convertible type that became Spider sports and really rather unusual. Imagine a small Peugeot 204 cabriolet with a big engine Mustang, this is a bit like that reached the buyer of a Tiger at the time. Provided a model that takes these technical solutions as a fairly new alternator negative ground (12 volts) a revolution in the kingdom of Albion. Transmission is rear-wheel and four-speed gearbox + reverse, controlled from the floor, is controlled by a clutch Borg and Beck single dry plate diaphragm, all synchronized first report included. In addition, like many of its rivals England at the time it could be equipped, upon request, a Laycock de Normanville overdrive acting on the third and fourth, allowing him to drop significantly while reducing engine speed level sound. Throughout its production, the beautiful little Sunbeam Tiger will borrow its suspension models serial Rootes Group, in fact those Hillmann or Singer ....



The Sunbeam Tiger , there is therefore a combination of coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers on articulated wishbones, assisted in their task by an anti-roll bar. The rear suspension is made much more archaic leaf springs, semi-elliptic number six with added coil springs. The rear axle is rigid type. It should be noted that if the rear suspension seems outdated, it should be remembered until the Series III, semi elliptic springs were assisted by Armstrong lever dampers worthy of a pre-war car, not promoting or driving accuracy, neither the placement of self curve. The hydraulic braking system supplied by Girling, offers two cast iron discs with a diameter of 250 mm at the front and two rear drums. This system, which will prove very reliable assistance is provided, which emerged from the series II and uses the internal vacuum motor. The handbrake cable, for its part acts on the rear wheels. Although classic, this braking system will always be up to par. Management has a housing Burman recirculating ball bearing and has a singularity rare on this type of vehicle because it is adjustable in depth with a clearance of about six centimeters with a dial on the steering column. As we can see, the time, the Sunbeam Tiger offers technical solutions rather coveted by its competitors ....


the Sunbeam Tiger proves to be a thoroughly modern car with its uni body steel, reinforced with cross beams, giving it rigidity rarely achieved for a convertible this time. Simple, no frills, the checkout line drawn in a single line in a very smooth style is the work of Kenneth Howes, a student of Raymond Loewy, who have dedicated time to create a self designed to seduce the market U.S. where, among others, the rear wings. What strikes by moving to the edge, it is cozy and comfortable appearance. This manifests itself in details like spoilers, center armrest between the front seats, comfort them, to the ease of introducing behind the wheel. The dashboard provides all dressed in black, meanwhile, a volley of various instruments and meters. Finally, the large windshield allows you a wide panoramic view without blocking the view by excess given its unusual height for a vehicle of this type. In terms of mechanics, amazing Sunbeam Tiger is equipped with the Ford Mustang V8 4.7 liter engine that develops 203 horsepower and a torque of 39 mkg. With a light weight of only 1,150 kilograms, this power allows him top speed of 195 km / h. When the control group was taken over by Chrysler Rootes, the production of the Sunbeam Tiger stops in 1968 after 7066 copies made ​​....



Specifications:
  • Engine: V8
  • Displacement: 4.7 L
  • Power: 203 hp
  • Torque: 39 mkg
  • Speed: 195 km / h
  • Weight: 1150 kg

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