Recently I have made a couple of posts about the Sunbeam Tiger cars. I was looking at some other Sunbeam Tigers that I have seen before when I realized that I should have shown some photos of these cars when fitted with the available hardtop. These hardtops were available for street cars and were required for the Sunbeam Tiger rally cars. The Sunbeam Tiger Mk. I shown below with the hardtop was seen at the 2013 Lime Rock Historic Festival.
Sunbeam Tiger Mk. I With Hardtop Fitted
Evidently there were several after-market manufacturers of the hardtops for the Sunbeam Tigers and Alpines. To me they are all similar, but no doubt there are some small differences between them.
This Hardtop Looks Like It Is Permanently Attached
One of the original Rootes Works Sunbeam Tiger rally team cars is owned by Jeremy Holden in the UK. This particular car competed in the Monte Car Rally and other major rallies in the mid-1960s. Even though the car has an English registration number, the car has left-hand drive. This car is in great shape and has just received a complete rebuild and fitted with the latest rally equipment such as the GaugePilot. As can be seen, this car has a hardtop as all rally cars in that era were required to be fitted with a hardtop.
A Rootes Works Team Sunbeam Tiger Rally Car
Several months ago Jeremy competed in the Tour Britannia rally event in Ireland with the Sunbeam Tiger rally car as shown below. Note how the front-hinged hood is slightly open at the back. Over the years I have been told by several Sunbeam Tiger owners that overheating can be an issue with these cars when driven with some vigor. I assume that the hood is raised slightly to help allow some heat to escape from the engine bay.
Sunbeam Tiger Rally Car In The 2015 Tour Britannia Rally In Ireland
The hardtop is a great way to extend the season for these sports cars and I know from my recently departed MGB, which I had fitted with a hardtop for all season daily driving to the train station, that winter driving was much better with the hardtop. Also, removing the convertible top from the car can create substantially more storage space in these cars behind the seats.