SPORTS CAR.

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SPORTS CAR.

#1 Post by xpaddy » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:45 pm

Don wants to know about a car we saw
in the parking lot of a Grocery Store
yesterday.
It was Red and the initials on the front
were TVR and he thinks there was an
"M" on the back.
He thought at first it was an Aston Martin
and looked something like James Bond would
drive.
Any of you Car Buffs know anything about this
type of Car.

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#2 Post by George Williamson » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:47 pm

Hi Xp, Terrific car. English. Friend of mine here has one. Not many were made ,

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#3 Post by xpaddy » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:50 pm

George Williamson wrote:Hi Xp, Terrific car. English. Friend of mine here has one. Not many were made ,

Hi George - Don wants to know what
engine would be in it.
Would you know?

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#4 Post by Connor Sweeney » Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:42 pm

TVR cars were quite quirky - fibreglass bodied big engined monsters. Hand made in - Blackpool, from memory. They used variety of engine suppliers from Rover V8s to Ford V6s to HoldenV8s. Usually meaty lumps. The company suffered almost constant financial failures and struggled to keep going on numerous occasions.

They were probably best known for their appalling build quality and insane details. To open the doors on one of the later models, you had press a button on the underside of the wing mirror. Why is anyone's guess! Completely insane. Also, they handled like pigs, snapping sideways in a manner reminiscent of early Porsche 911 widow makers.

They eventually went bust (again) in 2006 and rumours of comeback have often been floated.

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#5 Post by Brian » Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:42 pm

If it was a "M" series then all you need to know is here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TVR_M_Series

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#6 Post by xpaddy » Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:11 am

Thank you all for your input on this topic.

Don is reminiscing now about a '56 Sunbeam Talbot,
he used to drive. (Not his).
Wonder if there are any around still?

His first car was a 1954 Ford Consul (sp).

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#7 Post by Brian » Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:10 am

They are still around, these two were at Kilbroney a few years ago and you see them out there quite often

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#8 Post by dabarry » Tue Apr 19, 2016 1:38 pm

The Consul pictured is a Mark 2, if Don's car
was a '54, then it was a Mark 1, as attached.
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#9 Post by dabarry » Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:22 pm

TVR is currently accepting £5,000 deposits on
their 2017 model.

This car will feature a carbon fibre body and,in
collaboration with Cosworth, will produce up to
600 BHP.

More than enough to satisfy the speed merchants,
and, hopefully, have a better build quality.

Re Connor's point on the door opening, TVR didn't
want door handles to spoil the outline of the car,
and, as with the McLaren MP4 super car, a sensor
was needed to open the door.

On the Mc Laren the sensor is under the door flute,
but as the TVR didn't have flutes, the sensor was
under the door mirror.

Having owned a 911 Turbo I can agree the car could
give you an occasional jump in your blood pressure,
due to its rear mounted engine making the car tail
happy....judicious use of the throttle required.!

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#10 Post by Connor Sweeney » Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:31 pm

dabarry wrote:TVR is currently accepting £5,000 deposits on
their 2017 model.

This car will feature a carbon fibre body and,in
collaboration with Cosworth, will produce up to
600 BHP.

More than enough to satisfy the speed merchants,
and, hopefully, have a better build quality.

Re Connor's point on the door opening, TVR didn't
want door handles to spoil the outline of the car,
and, as with the McLaren MP4 super car, a sensor
was needed to open the door.

On the Mc Laren the sensor is under the door flute,
but as the TVR didn't have flutes, the sensor was
under the door mirror.

Having owned a 911 Turbo I can agree the car could
give you an occasional jump in your blood pressure,
due to its rear mounted engine making the car tail
happy....judicious use of the throttle required.!

Later model Porkers are quite docile as I can testify! :cheers:

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#11 Post by xpaddy » Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:36 pm

Thanks for the further info on the
Cars.

Don likes the white Consul and that
was like the one he had, only in Black.

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#12 Post by George Williamson » Thu Apr 21, 2016 7:12 pm

Hi Xp, The engine was a four banger - probably Austin or Morris.

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#13 Post by George Williamson » Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:47 am

HI Xp, Sorry I misled you about the TVR and the engine - memory failed re the engine. It was like a tank to drive.

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#14 Post by xpaddy » Sat Apr 23, 2016 7:30 pm

George Williamson wrote:HI Xp, Sorry I misled you about the TVR and the engine - memory failed re the engine. It was like a tank to drive.

Hi George - I wouldn't have known any different.
But thanks anyway.

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