Owner: Robert Seghi
'65 Tiger Mk I
VIN: B9472344 LRXFE
Location: Simi Valley, CA, USA
My name is Robert
Seghi and I recently purchased a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK I from a friend from a
long time ago. You see, I was 16 years old in Southern California, (Woodland
Hills), and driving my first car (a 1967 GTO) when I made a neighborhood friend
who was much older than I.
Chuck was his name, and
he was a drag racer from long ago, and drove a ' 65 Sunbeam Tiger. He used to
help me get my car tuned up and we would talk about cars for hours. I grew up
and joined the ARMY, moved away and that was that. Hadn't seen Chuck since. I
had always wondered what happened to that Tiger.
Well, fast forward to 20
years later. I'm driving through the old neighborhood and remembering. When I
passed my Chuck's old house, what was in the garage? That same old Tiger, still
red and looking a lot older. I knocked on the door and Chuck answered , WIDE
EYED. Like he'd seen a ghost. We talked for awhile and of course, I had to ask
what was he to do with the Tiger. He said he was thinking about selling it. Of
course I stepped up to the plate and asked if I could have the chance to restore
it. To my delight he said yes. I agreed to his price ( I won't tell you how
much, grin ) and brought it home, to find out that it is very complete and so
very RUST - FREE. He said it had sat for 15 years. It was untouched, unmodified,
and unmolested by uneducated hands. It even had a hard and soft top, and it had
the GT cover for the soft top.
15 years, parked. A jewel hidden in a cave!
I look forward to restoring this one with a few updates like 4
wheel disc brakes, a 5 speed, and a 302 CID - just to make it more fun, but NO
HACKS. When I bought this car I had no idea about the history, the uniqueness of
this breed. I just paid the price 'cause I knew it was something special. Oh
b.t.w. I paid more then any used car I have ever bought.
restorations: '67 GTO, '66 Biscayne Big Block 4spd, '69 BelAir, and a bunch of
my dads English cars. I'll never understand Whitworth sizes and the purpose they
served. Fortunately, the Tiger uses the same threads as in the US.
intend to keep records and notes on my restoration. Take pictures as it
progresses. Who knows? Maybe there is an article worth publishing in