Sunbeam launched its new, exciting, hybrid sports model the Tiger in 1964. This "wolf in sheep's clothing" model blended the Alpine bodyshell with an American Ford V8 engine normally found in the AC Cobra! The Ford 260 cubic inch (4260cc) V8 provided 164bhp and could propel the Tiger to 120mph, with 0-60 arriving in around 9 seconds.
Rack and pinion steering ensured precise handling, an all-synchromesh four speed gearbox was standard which could be coupled to an optional limited slip differential. Despite the large capacity of the V8 engine the Tiger managed to return a respectable 20mpg thanks to its light open body.