with Hemmings Muscle Machines, the Hemmings blog and Hemmings Sports & Exoticar Car to help Automodello identify its next car to model. The overwhelming suggestion by a margin of 7 to 1 was the Sunbeam Tiger.
Keeping with the standards set by Automodello with their previous releases, the Sunbeam Tiger is shipped with the removable hardtop. The exterior will be red. And the steering wheel will be on the side where most North Americans are most likely to see it. Production is limited to a build up to 999 units.
Automodello is a manufacturer specializing in overlooked, neglected and interesting as well as new models from British, European, North American and other marques. Automodello’s inagural 1/43 model was the 1964 Griffith Series 200 and 1/24 is the 1938 Phantom Corsair. The Sunbeam Tiger keeps with Automodello’s tradition of releasing "hybrid" automobiles where American V8 power is mated to a sexy British and European bodies. Automodello has engaged another dream for Hemmings’ readers!
Recently, Diecasm presented a fitting homage to my father by using photos of his Sunbeam Tiger to represent their current Sunbeam Tiger Homage Edition. My dad purchased his Tiger brand new off the showroom floor in 1965 and has kept it all these years. I think it is very cool that Diecasm selected photos of my dad’s Tiger for their website. It all started with a Hemmings competition to help Automodello select their next diecast car to go into production. I entered the competition with a suggestion that the Sunbeam Tiger should be their next diecast…and the rest is history. Here is a link to the page so that you can check it out for yourselves.