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British sportscar maker TVR has had a less than perfect life. Back in the 1970s the factory burned down, but thanks to a large order placed by its Canadian dealer, they had the money to start over again.
Then, after a very successful run in the 1990s, the company was sold in 2004 to Nikolay Smolensky, a young Russian businessman with no previous experience at running a car company. As many predicted, the company went under in 2006, and while many attempts have been made to revive TVR, it still has not emerged from the ashes.
During its life, TVR made many interesting cars and perhaps one of the best was the Tuscan model. Its curvaceous styling had even caught the eye of John Travolta, who used one of these (and Halle Berry) in the movie Swordfish.
Now, you can have one for yourself. A dealer in Tampa, FL. is advertising a 2005 Tuscan S for sale, with a 400-hp 4.0L and a 0-60-mph time of 3.6 seconds. This particular example has covered just over 4000-miles and can be yours for the low, low price of $159,000.
OK that price is pretty steep, especially when you consider that you can find similar models for sale in U.K. for less than $50,000.
But if you have to have one that has already gone through the hassle of importing and customs, then this might be the car for you. And since Ms. Berry is single again, you may catch her attention too.
[Source: duPont Registry]
Legendary British sports car maker TVR is said to be preparing a return with an outrageously styled roadster packing Corvette power. TVR hasn’t made a car since 2006, when its Sagaris road car was one of the most fierce machines available for purchase, and the company is looking to resurrect their legacy under new ownership.
While details of the new car are unclear, sources say that a deal was nearly struck to build it at a facility in Germany owned by Gullwing, a company that produces modern variations of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL. Differences between TVR and Gullwing led to a dissolution of the project.
However, the TVR team is still proceeding with business as usual. “It would be desirable to build it in the UK, and we’re keeping our options open,” TVR secretary James Oxley told AutoExpress.