1966 SUN­BEAM TIGER

WHO? Rob Blayney MILES Un­known PROVE­NANCE Orig­i­nal po­lice car MODS Full pe­riod po­lice kit HOW MANY LEFT? 196

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT?

I came across the car pri­vately ten years ago while look­ing for a Tiger through con­tacts in the Sun­beam Tiger Own­ers’ Club. I had owned three pre­vi­ously. It had just been re­stored and I paid £25,000 for it. It is go­ing to be dis­played on the club’s stand at this year’s NEC show. I also took it to Po­lice Car Day at the Ace Café back in Au­gust – a long way to go from my home in Bude, north Corn­wall. The car is cur­rently in­sured with Hagerty for £60,000.

HOW MUCH HIS­TORY?

Doc­u­men­ta­tion shows that the car orig­i­nally be­longed to the Metropoli­tan Po­lice and was based in Hamp­ton. It was used as a Speed Com­plaints Car or Pur­suit Car to catch speed­ing mo­torists on the new M1 mo­tor­way.

WHAT’S LEFT TO DO ON IT?

There’s noth­ing more to be done to the car it­self, but the 51-year-old speedome­ter needs re­vamp­ing. How­ever, it does have the spe­cially cal­i­brated Sec­ond Speedome­ter, used for of­fi­cial record­ing of speed­ing mo­torists, which is still work­ing.

HAS IT BEEN MOD­I­FIED?

I have found all the parts nec­es­sary – in­clud­ing a Pye West­min­ster po­lice ra­dio – to get the car to how it was in 1966 through con­tacts with for­mer Metropoli­tan Po­lice driv­ers. Some were only 22 years old when they first drove it. The car does not have its orig­i­nal 260ci/4261cc en­gine, which was dis­posed of years ago – it now has a stan­dard-spec 302ci (5.0-litre) Ford V8 in­stalled.

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