Buy­ing Guide: Es­sen­tial ad­vice the for TVR Vixen and Tus­can

A clas­sic TVR is al­ways tempt­ing, but is a Vixen or Tus­can a good place for your money in 2017?

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling - WORDS Chris Ran­dall PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Magic Car Pics

‘The Tus­can looks sim­i­lar to the Vixen but packs a heftier punch’

TVR own­er­ship has al­ways been about the plea­sure of driv­ing, and while the Vixen and Tus­can might be 50 years old, both still de­liver when it comes to putting a smile on your face. And with rar­ity and com­pe­ti­tion pedi­gree on their side it’s easy to see why val­ues are very much in the as­cen­dancy.

Both mod­els ar­rived in 1967, with the first dozen Vixen Se­ries 1s re­port­edly fit­ted with the MG en­gine that had seen ser­vice in the pre­ced­ing Gran­tura 1800S. Most, though, came with four-cylin­der Ford mo­tors and TVR con­tin­ued to de­velop it un­til the M Se­ries re­placed it in 1971.

Se­ries 2 cars boasted a longer 90-inch wheel­base and a body that was now bolted rather than bonded on to the chas­sis, while the Se­ries 3 ben­e­fit­ted from fur­ther de­tail changes and in­creased per­for­mance.

The fi­nal Se­ries 4 was es­sen­tially the new M Se­ries chas­sis with a Vixen body, but these were built in tiny num­bers. As for the Tus­can, it might have looked sim­i­lar to the Vixen but packed a rather heftier punch thanks to its Ford V8 en­gine. The Ford V6 ver­sion that ar­rived in 1969 was no slouch ei­ther. These are the ones to choose if you value straight­line pace, but many afi­ciona­dos reckon that the smaller-en­gined Vixen is the sweeter drive be­cause the re­duced weight up front makes for more bal­anced han­dling. The steer­ing is lighter too, fur­ther im­prov­ing agility, while the beefy brakes bor­rowed from the Tri­umph TR range en­sure am­ple stop­ping power.

Taller driv­ers would be ad­vised to check that they fit com­fort­ably be­fore buy­ing be­cause the cabin is a mite snug. If you do fit, you’ll be in for a huge treat.

Tus­can’s 4727cc V8 packs the big­gest punch, but Vixen han­dles bet­ter.

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