Friday, September 4, 2009

1979 TVR 3000S

I really like TVRs. This is one you don't often see.

The 3000S was built in 1978 and 1979. A total of just 258 were built. Of those, 67 were left hand drive and of those, only 49 came to the US.

The 3000s was part of TVRs "M-Series", which included the 3000M coupe and Taimar hatchback. It shares it's chassis, suspension, brakes and drivetrain with the hardtops. However, most of the body panels are different, as is some of the interior trim.

Most TVR M-Series cars, including this one, came with the 3.0 liter Ford "Essex" V6, mated to a 4 speed transmission. The engine is durable and strong. The 3000s hit 60 MPH in 7.5 seconds and had a top speed of over 130 MPH.

The car looks great. It looks aggressive in an Austin Healey 3000 sort of way. In fact if you squint, the roofline almost looks like the big Healey.

What makes this car special, besides being relatively rare, is its condition. This is an unrestored and for the most part, an unmolested 3000S. The seller has done a few modifications to the car, but all are either tasteful or were done to improve the drivability of the car. The colors of this car, silver / gray over tan looks great.

Like many cottage industry car manufacturers, TVR used many parts from bigger car companies, so parts, besides body and some trim pieces, are easy to find. There are several active TVR clubs around the world.

If I were in the market for another British roadster, I'd seriously consider this TVR 3000S.

Located in Erie, CO, click here to see the eBay listing.

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