TVR, the British sports car manufacturer, had started selling kit cars back in the 50s. The 1967 TVR Vixen was the first model introduced under the ownership of Arthur and Martin Lilley, which transformed what was essentially a very large garage organization into a professional motorcar manufacturer. While the option to build the car yourself was still available, customers were not as encouraged to go down that road as before. The styling was very much in line with what was expected of the marque, but under the hood, things were being streamlined.
Most of the Vixen produced were powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine sourced from the Ford Cortina GT; the engine produced a sufficient 88 horsepower, which meant that the Vixen could reach a 106 miles per hour top speed, and accelerate to 60 in a respectable 11 seconds. The Ford four-speed manual transmission was also used.
The Vixen remained in production until 1973; over the years, it was improved, both mechanically and visually. The 1967 TVR Vixen remains a landmark automobile in TVR‘s history, as it was the first model produced mostly as a complete vehicle and not a kit.