TVR Tuscan Mk1 4.0S Red Rose Targa “Str8six Signature Tuscan”
1,000 miles since TOTAL REBUILD
In the watch world, there are many famous brands. And marketing is critical in that very competitive arena.
Not many people need a watch that is waterproof to 1000ft below the surface.
Some people are content to keep a watch safe for the next generation - so clearly a watch that lasts for decades.
Others buy watches linked to prop and jet aerobatic teams - watches majoring on legibility and accuracy.
These individuals all have one thing in common. They want a watch that makes a statement… about their taste, their judgement and their style and they will choose the best watch that they can afford.
Many people love the TVR sportscar range. But although a TVR suits their style, a TVR is not normally associated with cutting edge, technical precision, or total reliability and durability. And resistance to water?
Here at Str8six though, we are passionate about the TVR product. But we recognise that TVR Blackpool was building each achingly desirable product for a specific market - and to a very pared down price. You could hardly expect the cars to emulate the core attributes of a Rolex, a Constantin or a Breitling.
A suitable and sound Tuscan was selected. It was then stripped down to the very last nut and bolt, and everything that needed replacing was replaced or was rebuilt meticulously before the car was painstakingly re-assembled over an 18 months period. The aim was to showcase Str8six’s experience, engineering skills and attention to detail. So what has gone into the “Signature” Tuscan? Please scan the list which follows:
Str8six “Signature” TVR Tuscan
Based on TVR Tuscan Mk1 4.0 Litre “Red Rose” Model.
Full Mechanical Restoration
Including “OE Spec Plus” powder-coating, zinc passivation, anodising & plating everywhere on the car.
Stripped and shot-blasted, outriggers & other metalwork renewed. 3 Stage powder-coating process including zinc prime. Fitted with latest heat shielding & coatings to protect against heat soak. All bushes, bearings, mountings, ball joints etc renewed.
Tuscan Mk3 suspension - new wishbones, uprights and all components incorporated - to Lee Noble specification - plus Str8six improvements. Full Optiline alignment.
Entire braking system to Tuscan Mk3 “S” specification. All hydraulic systems renewed. Full braided hose protection.
Rebuilt by Str8six to 4.0 Litre Tuscan race program spec. Bespoke offset counterbalance steel crankshaft and H-Section steel conrods. Modified timing gear, cast road spec camshafts, uprated valve train, harmonic covers etc. Roller bearing -equipped throttle bodies with throats machined & matched to carbon airbox & trumpets.
Ceramic coated manifolds interfaced to Bespoke full stainless steel large bore system. Str8six acoustic tail trims.
Latest MBE 9A9 system, with wide band lambda for precision fuelling & knock control. Reconditioned electrical system with new wiring looms, motors, servos etc. Fully mapped system.
Electronics & Componentry
All replaced or refurbished by experts to achieve the optimum possible reliability.
Rebuilt Borg Warner T5 manual 5 speed gearbox fitted with new heavy duty close ratio gear set.
New AP Racing triple plate clutch interfaced to lightweight flywheel.
Fully rebuilt BTR diff inc new 3.7:1 crown wheel & pinion.
Stripped & all panels optimised for best possible fit by the leading TVR bodyshop. An opening bonnet conversion was carried out. Painted in Porsche slate grey. (Optional) High visibility striping incorporated.
The interior was re-trimmed in the finest leather and carpets by Aston Martin development engineers, all the switch gear was stripped with the bronze alloy items plated in Black Chrome. The dash pod was stripped and the dial fascias anodised in grey to give a Swiss watch feel. (We like watches!). The pedals are Typhon items along with a carbon kickplate.
Wheels & Tyres
OE 18” Spider alloys prepared in Unique Chrome finish. Toyo Proxes TVR specific tyres finished (Optional) with whitewall banding to Str8six spec.
Could you own such a “Signature” TVR. Yes - but only this one! There are no plans to repeat this exercise at the moment.
Overall mileage - 1,000 miles since total rebuild
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