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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
To say that the Speed Six power-plant found in the Tuscan had a reputation for being less than bulletproof would be something of an understatement. Found in the weighty folder of paperwork is an invoice to the tune of over £6,500 detailing an engine rebuild by revered specialist STR8SIX at 20,197 miles. Shortly preceding this, there’s an invoice totalling £856.69 exclusive of labour for a new clutch twin plate and slave cylinder.
As you would rightly expect, the car runs like an absolute dream. The engine sounds beautifully sweet with a throaty, deep tone capable of making a grown man salivate. The straight-line performance of the Tuscan S is almost as astonishing today as it was nearly 20 years ago. With ample torque and a substantial amount of power, rapid propulsion is truly effortless. A mere tickle of the throttle reveals the capability this beast possesses.
Now we’re talking! It would be fair to say that TVR made quite a statement with the styling of the Tuscan. Surely one of the finest expressions of a true British sports car since the E-Type Jaguar of the 60’s and 70’s. The voluptuous lines of the Tuscan are enough to rouse a Kardashian’s envy.
Finished in Viper GTS Blue, this car benefits from a recent full respray completed to the highest of standards and costing a wallet-lightening £7,200. Not wanting to risk any unsightly stone chips, the front end was subsequently finished with paint protection film installed by the experts at Paint Shield in Peterborough, resulting in a further cost of £999.60.
I could go on, though perhaps I shouldn’t. Suffice to say that I like things to be ‘right’. Unable to source a gold ‘Tuscan S’ boot badge and not content with settling for the silver alternative, great lengths were gone to in having the original badge stripped, gold plated and painstakingly painted in satin black using a syringe!
Whilst the options for customisation are limitless - my opinion though it is - originality is king. With faded carpets and a small amount of wear to the seat bolsters, the decision was made to have Central TVR supply and fit new Wessex Wool carpets throughout, both in the cabin area and boot compartment. Beautifully upholstered in blue with a magnolia trim, the carpets were returned to factory spec.
Likewise, both driver and passenger seats have been re-trimmed in magnolia hide with contrasting Russian blue perforated leather inserts. As the driver seat bolster was showing signs of deterioration, a new foam ‘hoop’ was fitted to ensure correct form. Additionally, new seat backs were supplied as the original items had suffered some distortion with age. These too were finished in magnolia with the correct ‘Tuscan’ badge inserts, completing the ‘OE’ appearance.
Not of the opinion that ‘close-enough-is-good-enough’, both handbrake and gear gaiters were replaced not once but twice, as the first set were produced with cream stitching rather than the correct contrasting blue stitching.
CHASSIS & SUSPENSION
Whilst the Tuscan is widely acknowledged as being less affected by chassis rot than earlier models, it is fair to say that this example is still quite exceptional. Nevertheless, to ensure that the chassis is presented as exceptionally as the rest of the car, countless hours were spent removing any light surface corrosion before applying a fresh coat of paint. Though there are undoubtedly benefits of applying Waxoyl, the decision was made to present the car as honestly and cleanly as possible; given that it sees only limited dry use I saw no necessity to apply any form of water repellent coating.
The suspension arms too have received the same restorative/corrective treatment as the chassis structure. Again, only the lightest surface corrosion was to be found prior to repainting. The front anti-roll bar and drop links were also replaced, once again for purely aesthetic reasons. At a recorded 21,104 miles the car was fitted with the highly esteemed Gaz Gold Pro coilover suspension, boasting adjustability of both ride height and damping.
WHEELS & TYRES
If there’s one thing I’m particularly, erm, particular about, it’s wheels. I simply cannot bear to see even the slightest of scuffs or surface deterioration. For that better-than-new finish, the responsibility of refurbishing the 18-inch Spider alloys was entrusted to Pristine Alloy Wheels of Milton Keynes, with whom I have delightedly dealt and frequently recommended for the past 13 years (but have sadly now ceased trading).
Shod with new Goodyear Eagle F1 boots all round, employing the power of 390 angry horses via the rear wheels is made almost possible.
Peering between the glistening silver spokes you’ll find new genuine TVR brake discs and EBC performance pads both and rear, the AP callipers proudly wearing the correct yellow ‘TVR’ branding.
To summarise the extent of the restorative works performed and to put into words the extraordinary quality of this car is all but impossible. The above description barely scratches the surface of what the car has benefitted from in its entirety. One could happily bury their head in the mountain of paperwork bewildered by the endless list of new parts and works carried out.
‘Must be seen to be appreciated’ are words too often used to describe merely excellent examples, yet I have absolutely no hesitation in using those words to describe this vehicle.
The car has been in my possession for nearly four years and with the previous owner since 2003. Also supplied with the car is a Cover Zone Stormforce tailored waterproof cover, an AccuMate battery charger/conditioner and, drum roll please… the private registration! Yes, this Tuscan 4.0 S comes complete with the perfect registration, T40 00S.
Further photos available on request. For serious enquiries, I would kindly ask that you contact me by phone. Sensible offers invited.
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