1958 Tighe Vincent Formula 500, Libre

1964 Australian Hill Climb Champion



Ivan Tighe built this unique race car to compete in the Australian Hill Climb Championship. It was powered by an air-cooled two cylinder Vincent engine. In 1964, Tighe beat his nemesis Bruce Walton to capture the Austrailian Hill Climb Championship.   

Voluminous period magazine articles, race results, detailed engine information, correspondence, etc. is available upon request. This is a highly documented piece of Australian racing history.


The Tighe Vincent is powered by a period correct 1955 four stroke 998 cm3 Vincent OHV twin engine. Spark is from a Scintilla magneto, and fuel is fed through and electric fuel pump and twin Amal Mk.1 carburetors. Lubrication is via dry sump. 

The gearbox is four speed sequential, and also has reverse. Power is transmitted to the rear axle by chain.

The chassis is tubular steel with handmade alloy bodywork. The front suspension is adjustable double wishbone with telescoping adjustable steel coilover shocks. The rear is lower adjustable wishbone with a transverse leaf spring upper link. The Tighe is also fitted with an adjustable front anti roll bar. Steering is rack & pinion. 

The brakes are Girling hydraulic drum which are integral to the aluminum alloy wheels.

The Tighe was restored by John Streets to exacting standards of originality. It is in excellent condition, and currently located in Northern California. 

Please contact us to see this unique piece of championship winning Australian motorsports history in person. We think you will be pleased and impressed.