Sunday, March 13, 2022

Get Smart - Sunbeam Tiger

Get Smart is an American comedy television series that parodies the secret agent genre that was popular in the United States in the late 1960s. The program was created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, and premiered on NBC on September 18, 1965. The show stars Don Adams as agent Maxwell "Max" Smart, Barbara Feldon as Agent 99, and Edward Platt the Chief. The show ended its five-season run on May 15, 1970, with 138 episodes. The car that Smart is seen driving most is a red 1965 Sunbeam Tiger roadster. This car had various custom spy features, such as a machine gun, smoke screen, radar tracking, and an ejection seat.
The Sunbeam Tiger is a high-performance V8 version of the British Sunbeam Alpine roadster, designed in part by Carroll Shelby and produced from 1964 until 1967. Shelby had carried out a similar V8 conversion on the AC Cobra.
An expensive $3,425 when new, a concours 1965 Sunbeam Tiger is trending around $150k.
Two major versions of the Tiger were built: the Mark I (1964–1967) was fitted with the 260 cu in (4.3 L) Ford V8; the Mark II, of which 633 were built in the final year of Tiger production, was fitted with the Ford 289 cu in (4.7 L) engine.