Tuscan V6 Lightweight, RHD, Ford Essex V6, 3,1 Liter, Baujahr: 1969, EZ: 08.12.1969, Fahrgestellnummer: LVX1489/6LW.
This TVR’s greatest achievement was to win the 1970 Modsports Championship in the hands of Dr Rod Longton, a General Practitioner. He took delivery of the car in factory built form with factory options of lightweight & modified body, roll bar & Koni shock absorbers. This highly respected amateur race driver then campaigned his Tuscan V6 at the front of the field throughout the following two seasons.
The Modsports Championship contenders included AC Cobras and Le Mans Spec Austin Healey 3000s. (Note the photo of Dr Longton in his Tuscan V6 as he typically leads Sir John Gott, Chief Constable of Northamptonshire, in his Healey 3000 Le Mans!)
Approx 30 years ago CLM 99H dropped a valve during a season of hillclimbing in the hands of its second owner Mr J Dilley. The car was put in its garage and the engine removed and taken apart. It then sat there forlornly (for 28yrs), before I acquired it.
After spending a couple of months deciding which way to go with the car, it became clear that a sympathetic restoration was the way forward. The body was removed and all mechanical parts overhauled. The body & interior have been left as original as possible with various battle scars preserved and the patina of history evident.
Factory built Tuscan V6 Lightweight with modified body.
Original factory roll cage.
Ford 3.1 Ltr Essex V6, rebuilt with parts, help & advice from Ric Wood.
Forged pistons, gasflowed heads, balanced bottom end, alloy timing wheel, baffled sump, roller rockers, triple downdraft Weber carbs.
Ceramic coated 3 into 1 manifolds with custom side exit system.
Alloy radiator & electric fan.
Rebuilt Capri 3 ltr close ratio gearbox.
Rebuilt 3.7:1 Powerlock diff.
Intrax adjustable dampers & springs.
8″ Cooper F1 wheels at the front, 10″ Pearce wheels at the rear.
Period style Michelin tyres all round.
Year Races 1st 2nd 3rd
1970 19 9 7 1
1971 19 4 5 8
1972 19 5 9 4
1973 12 6 2 1
The history file that comes with the car is extensive, fascinating and effectively opens a window onto the world of motor racing almost 50 years ago. It includes:
A copy of the original factory build sheet dated 28th Nov 1969.
The original green logbook.
A notebook with race spec & settings from 1974.
A letter from TVR.
Bill of sale from Dr Rod Longton.
Various receipts & invoices.
Race programmes (with this car on the cover!).
Period photographs from various race meetings.
Various scrutineering passes (some with rodent damage)
The car also features in various articles and TVR publications throughout the years.
This is a rare opportunity to buy a TVR with exceptional historic provenance as well as eligibility to participate in prestige race events in the future.