$17,500 – Ashford, CT:
“This very rare car is a 1988 TVR 350i. There were a total of 897 of this model made by TVR in Blackpool, England with 92 1988 models . Of those, very few were made with left hand drive. They were never imported officially to the United States, the last TVR models sold here by the manufacturer were the 280i model, a very similar car powered by a Ford V6, that ended with the 1987 model year.
I spent twenty years searching for the perfect TVR Wedge model and finally found this one. Only offered for sale as I need to cut down on my fleet of toys prior to a long distance move. If it doesn’t sell, I will be pleased to bring it with me.
This particular car was used as the camera car in the TVR section of the German edition of “Englische Sportwagen”. A copy of the book comes with the car.
I purchased it in Sept, 2015 from original owner who took delivery of the car in Germany when new. He then imported it to the US when he moved to Las Vegas, storing it for a few years until it was 25 years old and could be registered here.
Immediately on receiving it, I replaced all the fluids and filters, rebuilt the clutch master cylinder and replaced the transmission bushings. Brand new Cibie driving lights were found and fitted and the wiring cleaned up so that they now “flash to pass”.
Early in 2016 the steering shaft bushing was replaced. Later that year the fuel pump and filter were renewed.
In late 2017 the front rotors, calipers and pads were replaced along with the brake master cylinder. The anti-sway bar and steering bushings were replaced with poly bushings.
A new battery was installed in August, 2018.
Oil changed and all fluids topped off March 2019.
The central muffler/silencer was replaced June 2019.
Tires are in very good shape with lots of miles left in them.
The previous owner had the car repainted its original (I believe) Imperial Yellow. There are a few minor paint flaws here and there. The seats have been recovered, and steering wheel replaced with a more contemporary flat bottomed Momo wheel. There is a Kenwood 113BT645U head unit and Boston Acoustics speakers. There is a built in radar detecting system. The roof panel is in good shape, cloth section was replaced and rear window is clear and unscratched. The original spare tire and tools are present (and I don’t think ever used). I removed the driver’s side sun visor as it interferes with my vision but it is included.
The frame has no rust anywhere; the whole car is remarkably corrosion free. I have never had it out in rain or snow.
The TVR starts right up and runs well. All gauges work, clock keeps good time. All lights work properly except the inner dome light which I’ve never investigated. The power mirrors don’t function which is apparently common. The speedometer needle bounces a bit at lower speeds.
There is no air conditioning fitted. The car does have power steering. There are minor leaks from the power steering rack and transmission somewhere. I park the car on some cardboard and it doesn’t lose much. I do not have to add any fluids over the driving season and change or top them off when the car is in winter storage. It does use a little oil and one lifter occasionally clatters for a few seconds on cold starts but then quiets down.
The carpeting is probably due for replacement in the next few years, and the wood veneer on the dash has a few cracks in it but they are not all that bad. The emergency brake handle is cracked. The windscreen washer tank is present but not hooked up, pump is inoperable. The seat belts are a bit reluctant to retract but do hold just fine in use.
The car does come with some spares including the original steering wheel, Steve Heath workshop manual, Haynes Rover SD1 repair manual .
There are currently 132,055 km (82,055 miles) on the car, as it is still being used this may change a little.
Insurance is cheap for this car (about $325 yearly for agreed value with Hagerty), it is emissions exempt, and is registered as an antique car. It has a current Connecticut registration. The Euro plate will stay with the car.
Walk around video here: https://youtu.be/7PYm_lYuiR0
Cold start video here: https://youtu.be/HslEOavhK6A
Located in Northeast Connecticut. Happy to help with shipping arrangements.
1988 TVR 350i
cylinders: 8 cylinders
paint color: yellow
title status: clean
type: convertible “
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