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Jason Connor June 30, 2014 All Things Hoon 6 Comments

It’s British, what could possibly go wrong! All electrical wiring aside, I find this British targa-clad sports car quite the interesting find here in California. Originally, it was known as the TVR Tasmin and then later it was changed to the 280i, as seen on this model.

Mostly a hodgepodge of Ford power plants and various running gear, this particular model is very clean as the photos show… and it’s for sale.

Quoted from the ad:

21,000 Original Miles, 4speed trans, A/C
90% Original Paint in excellent condition
The engine is a German Ford 2.8 liter with Bosch fuel injection. These engines are well known for their reliability. The car does not leak and the engine is smooth and runs well. Car drives great..A/C needs a recharge but that’s about it..very rare car in very good condition. All gauges work fine.
This TVR can operate as a closed convertible, open convertible, or as a Targa, due to it’s removable hard roof panel. All windows are perfect. Interior is all new..Convertible top is new.
The power windows work perfectly.
There is absolutely NO chassis rust, undercarriage/chassis still has the original powder coating and it is in incredible shape. The calipers are in perfect working condition. Factory Jag rear end with inboard rear disc brakes. It even has the original brake pads on!
Only 472 of this model built in 85..Selling due to Vintage Racing Triumph Spitfire restoration. Clean Title in hand. 

Does the $11,500 asking price seem like a fair assessment for this unique piece of British 80’s nostalgia?

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  • smalleyxb122

    $11,500 is higher than I've ever seen a 280i. Most trade for under $5k, and I haven't seen one for over $8k or $9k. That said, I also haven't seen one as clean and original as this one is purported, so if the condition and originality holds up to scrutiny, I can certainly see someone willing to shell out for it, and for the right buyer, $11,500 might prove a bargain.

    • This one is Buy It Now for $10k. …

      This one is sold, the asking price was $9,900 …

      This one is $16,500 …

      • smalleyxb122

        I guess I haven't been paying attention to the market on TVRs lately (although all of your links and this one are in much better shape than I've typically seen them for sale). Your first two links at least support this one's asking price. Your third link ($16.5k) feels a bit optimistic.

  • CopterBob

    As good a shape as this appears to be, and as wacked out as even MGB prices are these days, the price of this one doesn't make me cringe at all. I bet he'll have no trouble getting that price.

  • Van_Sarockin

    The price seems reasonable to me, but TVRs were always a rarity in the US. True, they had nothing more than they absolutely had to, and build quality, balance, sorting and refinement were all low priorities. Big, Hairy Mans Car is what they was. Glad to see this one so well cared for.

  • Strange that this car is also advertised on KSL and said to be in West Valley City, Utah.



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