Following on from the success of their Griffith model, TVR launched the new "Tuscan" range in 1967. Production continued until 1971 in the company's famous Blackpool factory. It was the second car developed by TVR during the 'Martin Lilley' ownership era of the automotive firm. The Tuscan was initially offered with just a V8 engine option, but in 1969 a less thirsty V6 engine option was offered. TVR built just 174 Tuscans, 101 featuring the cheaper V6 engine; the V8 option was discontinued in 1970 after demand for the V8 configuration fell. In total, it is believed that just 73 V8 engined cars were sold by TVR.
Chassis #: 200035 offered here is an early example of one of the rare V8 Tuscans. Despite the car being a 1967 model, the later registration number could be due to the car being re-registered after its possible racing heritage in its early life; however, the full details of its racing history remain sketchy.
This Tuscan has been subject to a long-term restoration, with a substantial history file to support the work that has been carried out. The restoration on the car really has been a labour of love and began with the previous owner in the 1990's and has recently been completed by the vendor in 2011 after being purchased 75% complete in 2010. The car has had a complete mechanical and bodywork restoration to the highest standards. During its current ownership all the work was carried out by the highly regarded TVR specialists 'Classic World Racing'.
No expense has been spared on the car during its ground up rebuild which includes an all new chassis and body fitted with an entirely new interior. Power is provided by a potent 4727cc Ford V8 ‘289' engine, similar to the one found in early Mustangs. It produces a substantial 271 bhp and meant the Tuscan could reach 155 mph. The engine has been subject to a complete rebuild by the previous owner, this included completely new engine internals, new 'Edelbrock' Heads and a ‘Holley' carburettor. The engine is fitted with a reground crank and has been rebored to +0.030. Mated to the engine is a Borg Warner T10 4-speed gearbox and an uprated new clutch. During the restoration process the suspension and brake set up on the car were re-built to the original standard factory specification. Whilst the car has been built largely to original specification, it has also benefited from safety upgrades in the form of a rear roll cage and race harnesses.
This is a fantastic opportunity to own a rare piece of TVR history at an attractive price. It would make the ultimate historic road car for weekend use, or be eligible for all sorts of European historic rallying and Tours.