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1985 TVR 280i Convertible PHOTOGRAPHY BY Bill Pack
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SOLD: $8,250 USD

Wedge of the 80's

Taking a deep plunge into the angular look of the 80’s, alongside such cars as the Towns designed Lagonda, TVR introduced the Tasmin in 1980 with its very dramatic wedge styling.

This Cars Past

Our 280i is a 1985 convertible is one of only 472 total TVRs produced that year. The V6 develops around 160 hp, which in a car that weighs about a ton gives excellent performance to this very 80’s ride, and the Cortina derived steering and suspension give the 280i proper, nimble handling as you would expect from a British roadster. Finished in a classic black on red combination, all you need is to pop in a Tears for Fears cassette.

History of the Model

Britain’s motor industry in the 1950’s and 60’s saw a flourishing of small, independent sport scar manufacturers. The advancements in fiberglass for construction made production easier and the availability of tunable engines from manufacturers such as Ford made development much quicker and easier. TVR was one such company, who came to fame in the 60’s with their Grantura and Griffith sports-racers. As had often been the case for TVR, much of the mechanical componentry was Ford sourced with the suspension and steering coming from the Cortina. Renamed the 280i in 1984, this TVR featured the world’s first bonded windshield and was also the first car produced with the radio antenna concealed in the rear window.

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