Sun­beam Tiger

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Drive-it Day Special The 50 Greatest Drives - Mike Le Caplain

Rootes’ An­glo-Amer­i­can hooli­gan is ar­guably one of the world’s great­est Q-cars. It looks like lit­tle more than a Sun­beam Alpine with delu­sions of grandeur, but fire up the small-block Ford V8 – ini­tially 4.3, then 4.7 litres – and the an­gry bel­low through the Ma­trix-Churchill-sized ex­hausts in­stantly dis­pels any all-show-and-no-go sus­pi­cions. Plant the throt­tle and drop the clutch and your get­away is a look-at-me riot of burnt rub­ber over­laid with a V8 bass rum­ble that builds to a crescendo roar as the driver flails at the steer­ing wheel, try­ing to con­trol the torque steer. So­phis­ti­cated? Hardly. Fun? Ab­so­lutely.

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