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McAndy

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8,744 posts

99 months

Thursday 11th July 2013
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I recently rifled through some old Goodwood photos from 2003 and I think that I may have actually seen it! I'll have a hunt around this weekend and see if I can find it again. smile

ShiDevil

2,273 posts

96 months

Tuesday 16th July 2013
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I found out recently my cousins girlfriends dad used to own a Typhon, however I believe had some issues in buying it. I'll try and find out more as it sounds like his may have been the Smolensky one etc.

DonkeyApple

27,246 posts

91 months

Tuesday 16th July 2013
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ShiDevil said:
I found out recently my cousins girlfriends dad used to own a Typhon, however I believe had some issues in buying it. I'll try and find out more as it sounds like his may have been the Smolensky one etc.
That would be Bob's.

Additional info on all the cars here: www.tvr-typhon.com

ShiDevil

2,273 posts

96 months

Tuesday 16th July 2013
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DonkeyApple said:
ShiDevil said:
I found out recently my cousins girlfriends dad used to own a Typhon, however I believe had some issues in buying it. I'll try and find out more as it sounds like his may have been the Smolensky one etc.
That would be Bob's.

Additional info on all the cars here: www.tvr-typhon.com
What a great site!

L5DYJ

17 posts

143 months

Wednesday 24th July 2013
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Don't think so, I bought T14HON from Smolensky and I'm certainly no-one's cousin's girlfriend's Dad smile
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McAndy

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8,744 posts

99 months

Wednesday 24th July 2013
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That you know of...

That's a great website. I really must get my arse in gear and find my photo of 'Old Red'!

ShiDevil

2,273 posts

96 months

Saturday 17th August 2013
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L5DYJ said:
Don't think so, I bought T14HON from Smolensky and I'm certainly no-one's cousin's girlfriend's Dad smile
Here's the story...

He owned the first Typhon made, but there were numerous problems with it, so they were going to sort it. Apparently they had problems with the Gearbox amongst other things. Then the company got bought out and the Smolensky decided he wanted the Typhon and the chaps money back. :/

DonkeyApple

27,246 posts

91 months

Saturday 17th August 2013
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Some of the fiasco is covered here. Certainly the duration of it.

http://www.pistonheads.com/xforums/topic.asp?h=0&a...

The inhouse sequential box locked up a couple of times in gear and TVR were struggling to resolve this. Plus, the SC unit was producing levels of heat that they were unable to dissipate well enough.

mr_fibuli

907 posts

117 months

Thursday 17th April 2014
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Just thought I'd add some pictures of the purple prototype that I spotted in Llandudno in January 2000 (that date stamp must be wrong... I'm guessing that it was around 2003?)






Edited by mr_fibuli on Thursday 17th April 17:30

V8 GRF

7,276 posts

132 months

Thursday 17th April 2014
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Good shots.

That car of course was badged as a Tuscan R and was cut up. I've always preferred the rear lights on that one to the ones they went with.

DonkeyApple

27,246 posts

91 months

Thursday 17th April 2014
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The lights do look better. Bet they'd have filled with water inside of fifteen minutes though.

McAndy

Original Poster:

8,744 posts

99 months

Thursday 17th April 2014
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I remember feeling a little sad when the production lights were revealed. I wonder if they could be retrofitted?

Welshbeef

30,338 posts

120 months

Friday 18th April 2014
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V8 GRF said:
Good shots.

That car of course was badged as a Tuscan R and was cut up. I've always preferred the rear lights on that one to the ones they went with.
Why did they destroy a fully road legal and from pictures lovely example?

V8 GRF

7,276 posts

132 months

Friday 25th April 2014
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Welshbeef said:
Why did they destroy a fully road legal and from pictures lovely example?
That's the point it wasn't FULLY road legal. I'm not sure what the full technical/legal/homologation reasons are/were but was a development car and as such wasn't permitted to be sold on so it had to be destroyed. That's why the original 91 Motorshow Griffith was cut up along with several others.

V8 GRF

7,276 posts

132 months

Friday 25th April 2014
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McAndy said:
I remember feeling a little sad when the production lights were revealed. I wonder if they could be retrofitted?
Possibly. It would need a lot of work but I know one of the designers who was around at the time (he nay even have been responsible for them) actually kept them when the car was cut up.

McAndy

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8,744 posts

99 months

Friday 25th April 2014
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Did they sell off all of their old moulds in the end? I guess the quickest way would be to form a new rear panel (assuming that it would fit the existing mounting points).

If anybody's interested I have an album of all my Typhon spots here and the T400R at Gaydon here.

V8 GRF

7,276 posts

132 months

Friday 25th April 2014
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McAndy said:
Did they sell off all of their old moulds in the end? I guess the quickest way would be to form a new rear panel (assuming that it would fit the existing mounting points).
Don't think they were sold off.
The moulds were out the back of the 'Wesham Barn' for quite a while and then they went off to Germany with all the other stuff so I'd assume Les and Co have them.

The rear of the car is one big piece so it'd be cheaper and easier to cut them into the panel I'd suggest. That's assuming the rear top edge maintained the same profile.

DonkeyApple

27,246 posts

91 months

Friday 25th April 2014
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V8 GRF said:
Don't think they were sold off.
The moulds were out the back of the 'Wesham Barn' for quite a while and then they went off to Germany with all the other stuff so I'd assume Les and Co have them.

The rear of the car is one big piece so it'd be cheaper and easier to cut them into the panel I'd suggest. That's assuming the rear top edge maintained the same profile.
Perfect shape to start the new Tiv with. It's stable at high speed, wider and longer than traditional Tivs and would be the only true 2+2 sports car on the market. smile

Fit it with the right engine and you'll have a true 200mph British supercar.

ShiDevil

2,273 posts

96 months

Friday 25th April 2014
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It's massive! There first release will surely be a Sag 3. Something smaller, 2 seater sports car.

V8 GRF

7,276 posts

132 months

Friday 25th April 2014
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ShiDevil said:
It's massive! There first release will surely be a Sag 3. Something smaller, 2 seater sports car.
I wasn't suggesting they will or should build it 9I'm not a fan either) I was answering the question about where the moulds are likely to be.

As regards to what they build I hope they move on and build something totally new, the Sagaris while impactful is outdated now.