Gone Fishin’ – TVR Swordfish

March 2022

The first time I joined the dots up about liking TVRs had to be watching Swordfish. There’s a scene describing John Travolta’s character, Gabriel and he pulls up to a club in what can only be described as a cross between a spaceship and a car. It’s the TVR Tuscan and it’s incredible. No other car manufacturer has, to my knowledge made such an ergonomically and organically nice-looking car as the TVR Tuscan.

Now I was aware that TVRs are not perfect and there are some different variants. But to be honest, they all sounded and looked amazing. Another point about TVR Tuscans is they always seem to be in the most incredible colours; often sporting that chameleon paint which changes colour and blazes away in the sun.

Check out the video. I came across one of the TVRs used in Swordfish, naturally parked outside a North Wales cafe.

It was a TVR event, and it was not just any cafe. It’s the Ponderosa which sits atop the horseshoe pass. Once the main haunt for hardcore bikers, the rest of the world has woken up to it (which is a good and a bad thing), at least in the summer. When the sun shines there it shines brightly and the TVR club arranged a meeting.

TVR Tuscan

I thought I’d include some info on the TVR Tuscan while you’re here.

TVR is a British sports car manufacturer that has been in operation since the 1940s, and the TVR Tuscan is one of its most iconic models. It was designed by TVR’s in-house design team, led by TVR’s owner and chairman, Peter Wheeler.

The TVR Tuscan was first introduced in 1999 and quickly gained popularity among sports car enthusiasts. It was designed to be a high-performance car that could compete with the likes of the Porsche 911 and the Lotus Elise.

Under the hood, the TVR Tuscan was equipped with a powerful 4.0-litre inline-six engine. This engine could produce up to 360 horsepower and propel the car from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4 seconds. The top speed of the TVR Tuscan was an impressive 190 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest sports cars of its time.

The TVR Tuscan was produced in limited numbers, with only around 1,500 units being built between 1999 and 2006. Despite its relatively low production numbers, the TVR Tuscan was a commercial success and helped to establish TVR as a serious player in the sports car market.

One of the most interesting things about the TVR Tuscan is its unique design. The car features a sleek and aerodynamic body that is made from lightweight materials such as carbon fibre and fibreglass. The design is a testament to TVR’s commitment to performance and style.

Unfortunately, TVR went bankrupt in 2006, bringing an end to the production of TVR Tuscan. However, the car’s legacy lives on, with many enthusiasts still cherishing their TVR Tuscan models and seeking to preserve their legacy.

If you’re a fan of the TVR Tuscan or simply interested in sports cars, be sure to check out the TVR Tour Blog. It’s a great resource for TVR, including news, reviews, and articles about the company’s history and iconic models like the TVR Tuscan.

In conclusion, the TVR Tuscan is a true British icon that has left an indelible mark on the sports car world. With its powerful engine, sleek design, and impressive performance, it’s no wonder the car is still so highly regarded by enthusiasts today. If you want to learn more about the TVR Tuscan and other great TVR models, follow the TVR Tour Blog and social media channels. You won’t be disappointed!

And finally, did you know that the TVR engineering team used to leave bags of crisps inside the door panels to test if they had enough room for insulation? Now that’s some truly British engineering ingenuity!

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