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CKD South African built Sunbeam Tiger

Posted: Thu 16 Jan 2020, 13:13
by crk
Good morning from N Wales UK, in 1994 a Sunbeam Tiger came to the UK,I bought it in 2004,it has on its reg document 289 engine, I have often wondered if any history about in SA (have no SA reg number),I started to look the engine numbers recently, discovered D20E-6015-AB which is a 302,also the reg document records the engine number as 386 which is odd, it has an alloy high rise manifold, and was told it was bought to uk with "hotter cams". The Tiger has had modification to panel ,under the bumper to aid cooling, it was originally white now red
Could this engine have come from a Ford Capri V8 Perana??
I know this is a massive shot in the dark but would be very grateful for any thoughts/history etc
All the best
Colin

PS well done re the Rugby world cup, Wales did the best they could!

Re: CKD South African built Sunbeam Tiger

Posted: Thu 16 Jan 2020, 14:51
by ZA Perana
Wow that's a beautiful tiger!

Any pictures of the engine bay? I have always wondered about the CKD Tigers, was lucky enough to drive a 260cu original Tiger last year and well it was metaphorically like grabbing a Tiger by the tale....very exciting to drive.

302 would make a Tiger a monster....

Re: CKD South African built Sunbeam Tiger

Posted: Thu 16 Jan 2020, 14:52
by ZA Perana
Do you have the old SA registration documents?

Re: CKD South African built Sunbeam Tiger

Posted: Thu 16 Jan 2020, 19:01
by crk
Sadly no have checked with the original taxation department they have nothing

Re: CKD South African built Sunbeam Tiger

Posted: Thu 16 Jan 2020, 19:59
by crk
Tiger v8.jpg
303 V8
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Re: CKD South African built Sunbeam Tiger

Posted: Fri 17 Jan 2020, 13:16
by paulusvrotius1
Hi, nice Tiger.
Does the engine number have BG before the 386? If not it won't be a Perana engine.
I think new imported unstamped engines were given a number by the Traffic Department but I think there was a logo included.

Re: CKD South African built Sunbeam Tiger

Posted: Fri 17 Jan 2020, 15:28
by crk
Thanks for this,do you know the position used by BG for number,I did not take the starter motor off the car only used a camera

Re: CKD South African built Sunbeam Tiger

Posted: Fri 17 Jan 2020, 18:37
by paulusvrotius1
Looking at the engine from the passenger side of the car the number will be on a flat horizontal section at the rear of the block at the rear of the head at the place where the bellhousing is bolted on. Hope that makes sense.

Re: CKD South African built Sunbeam Tiger

Posted: Fri 17 Jan 2020, 21:40
by crk
Thanks had a quick look, gosh not a lot of room! tomorrow will need a friend with colonoscopy skills, but thanks for you input Colin

Re: CKD South African built Sunbeam Tiger

Posted: Sat 18 Jan 2020, 18:40
by crk
Hi Paul tried to have another look today, am struggling ,need to put it on a ramp, will do that in spring when no salt on the roads, will let you know how I get on Colin