1964 Sunbeam Tiger AHP 294B
1964 ex-Works Rally Car – one of only seven Works Tigers ever made.
See it at Bromyard Speed Festival
Since its acquisition on 14th May 2014 by Jeremy Holden Sunbeam Tiger AHP 294B has undergone a full but sympathetic restoration. The intention in 2016 is to compete in the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, exactly 50 years since it last competed.
This car made its debut at the 1964 Geneva Rally, just three months after it was registered, where ‘Tiny’ Lewis and Barry Hughes took the car to class victory. Heralded as the most campaigned of the seven Works Tigers. Highlights for this particular car include being driven by Maurice Gatsonides (ironically the inventor of the ‘Gatso” speed camera) in the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, as well as by Peter Harper in the 1966 Monte Carlo.
At the Zandvoort circuit it shattered Dutch National Records in 3, 6, 12 and 24 hour categories where it averaged a speed of 75.47 mph over the course of 24 hours, despite regularly pulling into the pit lane to be topped up with water. The car so impressed Gatsonides that he christened it “Thunderbus”.
It also retains many period competition features including the 288 limited slip diff, the long range saddle tank fitted in the boot, quick-rack steering, the original works hardtop badged “1966 Marathon de la Route”, period Halda rally instruments and the fly-off handbrake specially made for Peter Harper to aid his cornering technique. Indeed all the interior trim is original, including the driver’s seat which was specially tailored to suit Peter Harper’s long-shanked frame.