Registration no. J643 OPL Chassis no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised
Blackpool-based TVR's big news for 1991 was the introduction of a V8-engined version of the V6-powered 'S' model: the 'V8S'. TVR was already selling cars fitted with its own development of the Rover V8, and the acquisition of additional premises for this purpose in 1990 made it possible to expand the range on offer. As installed in the 'V8S', the Rover/TVR engine displaced 3.95 litres and produced 240bhp on fuel injection, an output good enough for a top speed of 146mph. Running gear was up-rated to include four-wheel disc brakes, and the new model was readily distinguishable by virtue of its prominent bonnet bulge. Although, at £23,595, it was getting on for double the price of the original V6-engined S, the V8 represented excellent value for money and was an instant hit.
Its loud noise aside, which would have bothered few potential customers, Autocar magazine liked the new V8S: 'On an empty, dry road, the TVR V8S puts a smile on your face that, for the money, little else can approach. It is as quick to 60mph as a Testarossa and a sight more wieldy down a country lane.'
By the time of the V8S's introduction, its successor - the radical Griffith - had already been previewed and together with its Chimaera sister-car would gradually supplant the more traditional V8S in the TVR range. With its styling harking back to the 1970s yet propelled by that powerful V8 engine, the V8S embodies the best of TVRs old and new and must surely rate as one of the more collectible British sports cars of recent years.
This TVR V8S has had one previous owner. Written off in a crash and then restored in August 1993, the car is finished in blue metallic with blue-piped grey leather upholstery and walnut dashboard, while there is a 6-CD changer unit in the boot. Last taxed for the road in 1994, 'J643 OPL' has covered only 3,563 miles since restoration and appears to be in generally very good condition, with only minor imperfections. Offered with Autoalign certificate, TVR Owners manuals and Swansea V5. In storage for several years, the car will require re-commissioning before further use and thus is sold strictly as viewed.