The TVR Tuscan was a front engine, rear wheel drive sports car built by TVR from 1967 to 1971 in the company's Blackpool, England factory. It was the second car developed by TVR during the Martin Lilley era of the automotive firm.The car was made available in both a V8 and a V6 format, with a total of 174 cars built between the two available engine formats.
TVR Tuscan V8
In 1967, the first Tuscans were made available with only the V8 motor. The motor was a 4727cc Ford V8, similar to the motor available in early Ford Mustangs. The motor was equipped with a Ford 4-barrel carburetor, made 271 hp, and was capable of propelling the car to a top speed of 155 mph. Stopping power came from disc brakes in the front and drums in the rear. Production of the V8 models dwindled after the release of the V6, and was discontinued altogether in 1970. In total, 73 cars were sold by TVR with a V8.
In 1969, TVR would release the Tuscan equipped with a 2994cc OHV Ford Essex V6 motor, which came from Ford's British division (also used in the Ford Zodiac and Ford Capri. The brakes were changed from the V8 model, as only the front used discs, and the rear had drum brakes. The V6 powerplant produced 136 hp, and the car was able to reach speeds of 125 mph. There were a total of 101 V6 cars produced before the line was stopped altogether to make way for its successor, the TVR Vixen.