Sunbeam Tiger Models

Sunbeam Tiger automobile model

There have been a number of items, i.e., model kits, toys, and even some pretty good built Sunbeam Tiger models. All one has to do to locate some of these little wheeled wonders is do a search on eBay. That will at least get you started.

Sunbeam Tiger automobile model

While there is not a huge selection of Sunbeam Tigers, at least there are some choices. They range from tiny... about 11/4” in length up to a 1:25th scale kit produced years ago by AMT. The kits you, of course, have to build or hand to someone who can. The tiny ones are called Micro Machines, and the prices are tiny too - figure as little as $6. If you want something already built, and a bit larger and better, you’ll have to settle on 1:43rd scale. Three manufacturers have produced these Tigers and each is different enough to justify buying at least two models. Spark has just come out with a brand new release of a 1964 Mk 1, and it looks pretty darn good, and at a very reasonable price of around $70 - depending who’s selling it. These have very good detail and represent a very good value. They are made in China. Next up, is another ’64 Mk 1 from Automodello, which came out a while ago, but supply is still plentiful - six colors and slight variations to choose from. Depending on the version, they made as few as a scant 19 all the way up to 999 pieces. A neat extra with each is the removable hard top, but I’d display it off since I have yet to see one that fits really well. Overall quality is good, and certainly there is a healthy selection. These are also made in China, and priced from $119.95 to $249.95.

Sunbeam Tiger automobile model

Last, we have the guys who did it first; K&R Replicas. This is a small British firm, and yes the models were, and are, made in England. They are made of white metal where Spark & Automodello are resin. So if you buy your models by weight alone, then you might lean towards the K&R, though its detail is not up to today’s standards offered by the others. Adding to that, these days K&R only offer kits, so if you want one of their factory built models you may have to hunt awhile to find one, or you could buy a kit for around $50, and then do it yourself, or hand it to a good model builder.