TVR started selling cars back in the 50s, or rather they sold kits: they were well known for their tubular frames and fiberglass bodies, and for the fact that once assembled, they made for credible sports cars. Originally designed as a kit car, the 1969 TVR Tuscan V6 was meant to fill the gap between the small, four cylinder Vixen and the larger, powerful (but more expensive) Tuscan V8. Of course, TVR didn’t only sell kits, but also complete cars, which proved a wise decision when Britain changed the tax laws that favoured home assembly!
One of the major problems that plagued the Tuscan V6 was the fact that its 3-liter Ford engine did not meet American emissions standards, which meant that it could not be sold in the United States, a major problem for any car company that wanted to stay in business. Despite being labelled ‘dirty’, the gutsy little engine pumped out 128 horsepower, enough to take the Tuscan V6 to a top speed of 125 miles per hour, and give it a 8.3 second 0-60 acceleration time. Not too shaby.
Because of its little engine problems, only 101 of the Tuscan V6 were produced before it was cancelled in 1971. The 1969 TVR Tuscan V6 remains a popular and iconic car to this day.