With production numbers that only just crept into four figures over a seven year production run, the TVR Tasmin was always a rare car. Today they’re a really unusual sight, so I was delighted when the owner of this 1983 Tasmin convertible got in touch.
The striking wedge-like shape of these cars was penned by the late Oliver Winterbottom, who is best known for his similarly wedge-like Lotus Elite (S2) and Lotus Eclat designs. The low front end and near flat windscreen made for a shape that cheated the air and left the Tasmin with an impressive drag coefficient of 0.36.
Typically for a TVR, the Tasmin’s fibreglass body panels were mounted to a steel tubular spaceframe chassis.
Being the 280i, this example is powered by Ford’s fuel-injected 2.8-litre Cologne V6. The Tasmin was also the first TVR model to be offered with an automatic transmission, and PIB 6146 is one of very few cars to be equipped with that rare option.
The front suspension uses a combination of Ford Granada and Cortina components while the rear setup is a trick box-section assembly that uses a Jaguar differential and inboard disc brakes.
The sweet sounding V6 is rated at 160hp, which was enough to get this car to 60mph in a little over 8-seconds and on to a top speed of around 130mph.
In later years with the company under direction from legendary engineer Pete Wheeler, the Tasmin chassis gained Rover V8 power and thus the TVR 350i was born.
PIB 6146 has been recently recommissioned after spending a decade in a barn. It’s a very original car that is now a daily driver for its owner who is slowly bringing this distinctive car back to its former glory.
|Registration Number:||PIB 6146|
|First registered (UK):||31st December 1983|