So who buys Vixens? & What do they want?

So who buys Vixens? & What do they want?

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vixen1700

Original Poster:

12,789 posts

226 months

Friday 9th December 2011
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nwarner said:
I always thought that there was a lot more to do than just bolting on the wheels but of course I could be wrong.
I've tried finding a picture that was on here a while back, but can't of a Vixen/Tuscan being delivered in 'kit form' by the factory Land Rover. Virtually a complete car apart from the front wheels being missing.
Although I'd imagine there would have been other smaller items to do too.


Adrian@

3,771 posts

238 months

Friday 9th December 2011
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Try this....or ask...moluag/Mike Carmichael....the picture from somewhere in TVR world thanks here to Vixen/Eric Adrian@

RetroWheels said:
vixen said:
A "TVR kit" was actually a fully built car!
The only thing you needed to do was to place the front suspension
and some small stuff. Everything else like engine,interior,windows etc.
was already finished.

On the picture you can see how the "kit" was delivered to the TVR dealership.

That's a really evocative photo ,very pleasant cool..


Edited by Adrian@ on Friday 9th December 19:33

RCK974X

2,521 posts

105 months

Friday 9th December 2011
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Yeah great photo.

I reckon that 'original' will always be the subject of discussion, especially for low production vehicles like TVRs.


vixen1700

Original Poster:

12,789 posts

226 months

Saturday 10th December 2011
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Adrian@ said:
That's a really evocative photo ,very pleasant cool..


Edited by Adrian@ on Friday 9th December 19:33
Cheers! That's the one. biggrin

Grantura MKI

808 posts

114 months

Saturday 10th December 2011
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The Vixen that was pictured in the December 1994 issue of Sprint is for sale. Has been in storge for many years.

GTRene

11,666 posts

180 months

Saturday 10th December 2011
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I was looking overhere also at wheelbase from TVR's

http://carbaze.com/#1?year-from=&year-to=&...

abd saw that on that list say the Vixen S2 and S3 and say 2500M and 3000M and V8S all have the same wheelbase? is that correct? they all have 2286mm
how many TVR types have the same wheelbase.

vixen1700

Original Poster:

12,789 posts

226 months

Sunday 11th December 2011
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http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C269300

Another 'expensive' one for sale, this time in Belgium. smile

alfa-chris

153 posts

166 months

Sunday 11th December 2011
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vixen1700 said:
http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C269300

Another 'expensive' one for sale, this time in Belgium. smile
"This car has been used to follow the mille miglia in 2011 and has done the whole trip of 1000 miles...."

is that really remarkable for a classic TVR? Did the same with my ´68 Alfa, plus a trip from cologne to Gibraltar and back a few months earlier.

Every car should be able to do a 1000mls tip without major problems, particularly if it is completely restored!

looks great though, and if done really good the price might be ok!

Edited by alfa-chris on Sunday 11th December 13:02

moluag

90 posts

118 months

Sunday 11th December 2011
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In August 1971, this is what TVR said about cars bought without purchase tax.


GTRene

11,666 posts

180 months

Sunday 11th December 2011
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thx for sharing, those were the days and prices biggrin

GTRene

11,666 posts

180 months

Sunday 11th December 2011
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came acros this Vixen register list with members and pictures etc, sofar 178 in the registery.

http://tvr.at/register2.html

tyracious

18 posts

4 months

Saturday 27th June
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At 6’ 2 couldn’t fit into an Elan.
Guess shoulda tried a +2.
Surprisingly the Europa was a nice fit although quite claustrophobic.
But the footwell took only one shoe.
Well …. 2 with ballet slippers.
How tall was Colin anyway?

Also – the Lotus Elan origami chassis needs to be gusseted in a very technically precise way.
Provided you have a solid one to start with.
Interestingly enough the most common conversion is the Spyder Spaceframe which, interestingly again, incorporates tubular steel sections.
Sound familiar?

Never seen a Vixen anywhere here on the west coast USA.

Except once.

Up a few miles north of SF at Sears Point.
Working as a turn marshal.
Blue flag, yellow flag … that sort of thing.
Occasional use of fire extinguisher.
Always drove the Vixen to the races.

One Sunday there was a 1600 class race.
The usual suspects.
+ a TVR LWB Vixen looking outwardly – just like mine!

Hurrah!

Expectations tempered however – you know.

But this wasn’t a race.
More of an exhibition.
On the first lap - by the time the race got around to my corner it was just the TVR – solo.
With the rest far behind.
The Vixen was going around the track looking like D production class.
Might have even kept up with Formula 911.
Always bothered me how they went around tight corners on three wheels.

Anyway – my car literally ate the field.
Chewed it up into small pieces.
Lapped it more than once.
And won the race like nobody’s business.

Having to stay at my position for the remainder of the day, the Vixen was gone by the end of the races.
How it got around the track so quickly remains a mystery.

Suppose the moral of the story may be for all hankerin’ for a big lump of a V8 in a car designed to be light and quick – think again.
Also - that old Cortina block gave birth to the fame and success of a couple of fellows named Cos and Worth.
Also - 50+ years later - the block is still being manufactured - Ford part number M-6010-16K.
95 lbs. - $1,475.00 USD.

Cheers.

Slow M

2,581 posts

162 months

Saturday 27th June
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Nice revival!

Hi from SoCal.

Enjoyed the anecdote.

B

Moto

994 posts

209 months

Saturday 27th June
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Great story..... long time coming though !

A chap in my championship competes in both a S2 Vixen and an Elan. He's often told me the Vixen is the quicker car, which goes against most common thinking.

Going back to the OP, I'd love to build a Vixen with a BDA engine lick. It would tick all my boxes - apart from the cost of doing it and possibly the ongoing maintenance.

Moto

Dollyman1850

6,118 posts

206 months

Sunday 28th June
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Moto said:
Great story..... long time coming though !

A chap in my championship competes in both a S2 Vixen and an Elan. He's often told me the Vixen is the quicker car, which goes against most common thinking.

Going back to the OP, I'd love to build a Vixen with a BDA engine lick. It would tick all my boxes - apart from the cost of doing it and possibly the ongoing maintenance.

Moto
A Zetec is just a modern BDA.. You can even stick a replica BDA cover on it smile
N.

Moto

994 posts

209 months

Sunday 28th June
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Dollyman1850 said:
A Zetec is just a modern BDA.. You can even stick a replica BDA cover on it smile
N.
I know but it's a nostalgia thing. It's what I've dreamt of ever since following the RAC Lombard rally as a teenager and hearing those BDA screaming Escorts through Kielder Forest. And then much later reading an article where Martin Lilley planned to develop a Vixen S with the BDA engine as a standard production car. A great shame it never came to fruition.

Moto

tyracious

18 posts

4 months

Monday 29th June
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BDA 1600cc 120bhp std engine for Escort 1969

BDB 1700cc 200bhp rally engine sold as a kit 1970

BDC 1700cc 230bhp Gp 2 escort fuel injected 1970

BDD 1600cc 200bhp Formula Atlantic motor 1971

BDF 1927cc 270bhp Formula 2 engine, liners brazed in cast block 1972

BDG 1975cc 275bhp formula 2 and rally later with alloy block 1973

BDH 1300cc 190bhp GP2 1973

BDJ 1098cc 150bhp Formula C for SCCA 1974

BDK reseved for forgotten project

BDL experimental turbo

BDM 1599cc 225bhp Formula Atlantic, big valve injected BDD 1975

BDN 1600cc Canadian Atlantic

BDO not allocated

BDP 1975cc 245bhp Sprint car fuel injected methanol 1984

BDQ not allocated

BDR 1601/1700 cc Caterham Seven Road Kit 1983?
Around 350 1700cc kits and 50 1601 kits supplied

BDT 1778cc 200bhp RS1700T turbo 1981

BDT 1803cc 250bhp RS200

BDT-E 2137cc 500bhp evolution BDT by Brian Hart

BDX basicly BDG spec with larger valves and 10mm spark plugs

And then there are the Zakspeed engine versions, with and without Turbo

Courtesy of the Cosworth BDA Engines Edition Spelberg Lotus Book

Considering it's reasonable to construct a 110 HP standard crossflow running on 92 octane corn liquor ...

It's a lot of money for the panache of a Cosworth scream.
+ you'll have to become an expert on the care and feeding of the above. Mind the belts.

The Kent will make a nice noisy growl with an appropriate straight thru glasspack muffler.

However - a Vixen S would be the bomb.
And yeah - I'd stick an "S" badge on it.

Edited by tyracious on Monday 29th June 19:33