Tuesday, November 27, 2012

10k: 1985 TVR Tasmin 280i Convertible

TVR is a foreign name to our American ears, the last imports from Blackpool, England being the Tasmin 280i in 1987.  TVR does have a long history on the other side of the Altantic and built all of its cars on a tubular space frame and as of July 2012 has officially ceased its efforts to build and produce automobiles - a shame since its formula of mounting common parts on a bespoke handbuilt body is all but dead.  But you can relive the glory days with this 1985 TVR Tasmin 280i, currently for sale on ebay for $8,250 OBO in Sussex, WI.



The Tasmin was styled by noted Lotus Elite/Eclat designer Oliver Winterbottom - but your cheeks won't be frosty in this red convertible.  Winterbottom must have had a thing for door stops as most of his designs had a noticeable wedge shape, but we think the Tasmin is equal in aesthetics to anything from Italy from the same time period.




 


The 280i is powered by the Ford Cologne V6 - displacing 2.8 liters and putting 160 horsepower into a 5 speed manual gearbox.  Keen eyed readers will recognize the Cologne name from the Ford Taunus V4 powering all sorts of front-wheel-drive SAABs and remember that it was produced in some fashion through 2010 in the Ford Mustang.


We really can't get over how nice a condition this TVR looks to be in - and with only 32k miles on the odometer this car seems to have been taken care of nicely.  Sure, it won't be the fastest thing on the road, but for $8k, it makes one heck of a conversation piece!

See another Winterbottom design for sale?  email us here: tips@dailyturismo.com

5 comments:

  1. Wow. I never knew the Triumph TR7 had a separated-at-birth twin. The shape of things to come!

    http://www.classiccar.co.uk/images/carpict/00002485/Red-Triumph--2485.jpg

    http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1658545_1658533_1658040,00.html

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  2. Loved these growing up in Britain, knew a guy just down the road with one, although his was a slate grey that made it almost look executive.

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  3. Eh? TR7.

    Every sports car looked like this at the time. Lotus, Ferrari, Fiero, Lambo, even Supra ...

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  4. This was my actual car and my photos. It definitely was in extremely nice condition. These cars a good bang for the buck as far as exotics go. Too bad about the Ford V6. I imagine the value of these would be much higher if they came like the 350i (3.5L Rover aluminum V8).

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  5. This was my actual car and my photos. It definitely was in extremely nice condition. These cars a good bang for the buck as far as exotics go. Too bad about the Ford V6. I imagine the value of these would be much higher if they came like the 350i (3.5L Rover aluminum V8).

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