2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082

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Lot 78
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible

€ 75,000 - 95,000
US$ 86,000 - 110,000
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible
Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
•Right-hand drive
•Delivered in the UK
•One of 1,677 produced
•Ultra-rare full convertible version
•Matching numbers

Founded in Blackpool in the late 1940s by Trevor Wilkinson, TVR took its title from Wilkinson's first name: TreVoR. In partnership with Jack Pickard, Wilkinson began by making various 'specials' before introducing TVR's first series production model – the Sports Saloon – in 1954, most of which were sold in kit form. The car that really put TVR on the map though, was the Grantura. Launched in 1958, the Grantura used a multi-tubular spaceframe chassis with Volkswagen trailing-link independent suspension all round, which was clothed in very pretty glassfibre coachwork that set the pattern for TVRs for years to come.

Like AC's Cobra before it, TVR's first big-engined sports car combined an existing chassis with American V8 power. In TVR's case the MGB-powered Grantura III was transformed by the installation of a 4,727cc Ford V8, the resulting Griffith model quickly gaining a reputation for awesome straight-line speed and 'interesting' handling. The Griffith only lasted from 1963 to 1965, but TVR revived the formula in 1967 for the first Tuscan. The latter was based on the contemporary Vixen and once again Ford's 4.7-litre V8 provided the motive power. Sadly for TVR, the Griffith had also gained a reputation for poor build quality and a general lack of refinement, and despite the Tuscan being a much improved car, customers were hard to find. TVRs remained recognisably related to the original Grantura until the first of the wedge-shaped models – the Tasmin – arrived in 1980.

By the 1980s, TVR had suffered a series of financial calamities and undergone several changes of ownership; it was then that the company was acquired by TVR enthusiast Peter Wheeler, a chemical engineer with links to the oil industry. Wheeler moved the firm away from the Ford V6 engine that had become its mainstay power unit, and returned to large-capacity V8s, choosing the readily available Rover engine. TVR eventually moved on from modifying the Rover V8, and at the start of the 1990s made the bold move to produce its own engine, the AJP8, which took its name from the initials of those responsible for its design and development: Al Melling, John Ravenscroft and Peter Wheeler. The new engine was intended for the Griffith and Chimaera models, but development took longer than expected and the AJP8 eventually made its debut in 1996 in the Cerbera coupé and Tuscan race car.

With the introduction of the much-acclaimed Griffith in 1991, TVR had established the look that would characterise its offerings for the next decade. In his book 'TVRs Volume 2', Graham Robson states: 'The new car's body style, which was influenced by Wheeler and John Ravenscroft, was radically new. Nothing so sensuous or so brutally aggressive had ever been seen on a TVR, and when exhibited at the Birmingham (NEC) motor show it caused a sensation.'

Seeking a power unit that would be cheaper to produce and maintain than the new V8, Wheeler subsequently commissioned the design of an inline six-cylinder derivative: the AJP6. This engine, designed initially by Melling but significantly altered before final production by TVR's John Ravenscroft, became known as the 'Speed Six'. The 'Speed Six' would be used to power every TVR model of the 1990s, though the AJP8 remained an option for the Cerbera.

In July 2004 the Russian billionaire Nikolay Smolensky bought TVR from Peter Wheeler. Less than two years later, falling demand had seen weekly production decrease from 12 to 3-4 cars; in April 2006 some 300 staff were laid off and by December TVR was in administration. TVR now has new owners and its proposed new sports car is eagerly awaited.
One of the very last TVRs built, this Topaz Blue metallic Tuscan left the factory in April 2006. The 2nd generation Tuscan had been introduced in 1999, and was initially available as either a fixed-head coupé or Targa-type convertible; only towards the end of the production was as a full convertible offered. The 'Speed Six' engine was available in either 3.6 or 4.0 litres capacity for the Tuscan, and this particular example has the 4.0-litre unit producing around 380bhp.

Chassis number '1082' was delivered in the UK and hence is right-hand drive. The interior is fully trimmed in two-tone Oxford Blue and Prussian Blue leather, while the convertible top is a darker blue. Boasting 18" 'spider' alloy wheels finished in silver, this car looks quite sensational. Other noteworthy features include a factory-fitted alarm, a Tracker device, and an Alpine radio with a CD multi-changer in the boot. Representing a wonderful opportunity to acquire a matching-numbers example of this charismatic British sports car, this beautiful TVR Tuscan is offered with, owner's manual, a UK V5C Registration Certificate, and all original documents.
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2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
2006 TVR Tuscan Convertible  Chassis no. SDLTC16AX6B001082
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