1963 Shelby Tiger Prototype Originally constructed by race mechanic George Boskoff in Shelby's California workshop, it is THE model example from which 7,000 Sunbeam Tigers followed. This car was shipped to England after its assembly to be test driven by Lord Rootes of Rootes Motors for approval on the future series production. Afterwards, a year of factory engineering tests followed to be certain the commanding Ford V8 and the English chassis could properly complement one another. Featured on this unique car is the high performance 289 CID Ford K engine V8 with a rated output of 271HP. This Cobra engine was set up by Cecil Bowman, Shelby's race mechanic, who appropriately used a mechanical advance distributor configuration to give the driver maximum acceleration from the Holley double-pumper four-barrel carburetor fed by an electric fuel pump. Originally, the idea of placing this dominant Ford V8 into the Sunbeam Alpine came through the minds of Bill Carroll and Ian Garrett, the West Coast representative for Rootes at the time. After exercising the idea of combining the two, the decision was made and along with Ken Miles the project took off. Although afterwards the Tiger was put together in England, the development stages that involved this Prototype occurred at Shelby American. In the end there was room for everything needed under the hood, but with not much room to spare. This Sunbeam Tiger Prototype is a fantastic road handling car with enough performance to satisfy a true classic automobile enthusiasts taste. It is an original, unrestored example presented in white with a red vinyl interior. The fabric top is in poor condition; however the frame has complete structural integrity. After a purchase to the current owner, all worn and damaged parts were replaced with either new or factory originals with a repaint in 1996. The tires and overflow tank have also been replaced. This is THE true Shelby Prototype Sunbeam Tiger, not one of the mule cars, and you have the exciting opportunity to acquire this incredible piece of automobile history.