You should find out (from the CAT group) who the Tiger Authentication people in
your area are, and get one of them to take a look at the car with you if
possible. Get a hold of Norm Miller's book, "The book of Norman", and read
through it to get a good feel for what's original and what's not, on both
Alpines and Tigers. If you can, get a good look at both an Alpine and a Tiger,
and see what the factory changes are and how the welds, etc. for the different
parts (spare wheel mount, battery mount, etc.) are done. See how the Alpine
battery box and the Tiger fuel pump access door are done. Get all of the serial
numbers from the car, the engine, the transmission, and the differential, and
get Norm (firstname.lastname@example.org) to check them against his Registry data.
If the bodywork is good, take one of those flexible rubberized fridge magnets
and stick it against the car, anywhere, and it should stay.
It's easy for the engine in a Tiger to run "strong" because it's a relatively
light car. If it really has a "strong" 289, it should be an absolute rocketship,
and shove you in the seat when you floor it even at 80 MPH and above.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Edward Hamilton [SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: Monday, October 19, 1998 9:32 AM
> To: Sunbeam tiger mail list
> Subject: '65 tiger value
> I usually reside on the triumph and spitfire lists. However, I've
> recently stumbled upon a '65 tiger that I have an interest in
> purchasing. So....a couple of questions to the learned group:
> I understand that there are a great deal of converted Alpines -- how to
> I verify that it is truly a tiger?
> The specific vehicle that I'm looking at is a '65 in reasonably good
> shape. It lacks the original 260 engine and has a 289 in its place.
> While I've yet to physically take a peek at it, I'm told the interior is
> completely redone, new clutch, brakes with little or no rust. Engine
> reportedly runs strong. Any guess as to an estimate of its value?
> Best regards,
> Ed Hamilton