Automodello 1965 Sunbeam Tiger “50th Anniversary”

May 04, 2014 No Comments by

The Rootes Group built the Sunbeam Tiger for one purpose – to bring U.S. dollars to the U.K. All of the 1,649 cars built in 1964 were shipped over here, and the first right-hand-drive Tiger wasn’t built until January 7,  1965. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of that first “wrong side” Tiger, Automodello has released this beautiful miniature of it for the British-based Sunbeam Tiger Owner’s Club. The model has the rounded hood corners add leaded-in cowl seams of the early Mark I, but also the square front lower door corner and visible rocker panel joint of later cars – details which match a photo of another English Tiger, as seen in author William Carroll’s Tiger: An Exceptional Motorcar. The beautifully done RHD dash and pedals (only two??), optional Minilite wheels, and “Mediterranean Blue” paint (my Tiger sales brochure says calls out “Wedgwood Blue” ) are the only changes from the original version, but this RHD model is limited to just 165 pieces. Scale fidelity of the photo-etched chrome trim must be seen to be believed; the side stripe is absolutely straight with tiny “Tiger” scripts and Rootes badging at the rear, while the SUNBEAM letters are perfectly aligned. Yes, the all-important “Powered by Ford” badge is here, too. Workmanship is flawless and dimensions are right on scale – tiny and beautifully done.  – Wayne Moyer

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I’ll start by saying that my “real world” job for 37 years was being an AeroSpace Engineer in the Preliminary Design Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for 37 years. I’ve been a car nut (as well as an airplane nut) for as long as I can remember but I never intended to be a writer. I began collecting 1/43 scale diecast models in 1966 and wrote a story about making the Dinky and Mebetoys Ford GT models more accurate for Collector’s Automotive Replica Society (CARS) in ’68. Then in the early ‘70’s I bought one of John Day’s first white-metal kits, the Mercedes 300SLR, and wrote a story about that which was published in Scale Modeler in 1972. John liked it and sent some more kits and, well, things just got out of hand. I’ve written about 1/43 scale models (and kits) in one or more magazine continuously since then and those Fords and the 300SLR (yes, I still have it) have been joined by about 3500 more models. Although I’ve never been out of the country, this hobby has given me the opportunity to make friends all over the world, something that would never have happened if I hadn’t bought those Ford GT’s. At this point I’ve had more than 1700 magazine articles published and plan to add some more to that with DiecastX. I’m really looking forward to this association with a great group of people who have helped make the hobby what it is and hope to make a lot more new friends through these pages.
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