Some cars are designed by committee, others by focus groups, and some … well … just seem to happen. They are either very popular or complete failures, rarely in between. Rarely are cars designed based on the passion of the owners of the company, yet at TVR, that’s exactly what’s happened, since the very beginnings. They built cars that they wanted to drive, and the rest of us were lucky enough to be able to drive them as well. Such was the case of the 1978 TVR 3000S. Based on the successful 3000M, it wasn’t simply a chop-job. Any chump can do that! No; it was completely engineered and adapted to be a convertible, including the more rigid frames these cars require.
Of course, this redesign led to some interesting issues, as it was not as complete as it could have been, particularly on the interior. For example, on the right-hand-drive models, it was very difficult to see the speedometer, which was still on the left side of the dash.
The TVR 3000S was powered by a 3-liter V6, which despite its deceptively low horsepower output – 138 – could still accelerate to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 133 miles per hour.
A single TVR 3000S Turbo was produced, which was significantly faster than the normally-aspirated models, of which 258 were made. It was used by the owner as its personal car.