Car colours are so dull nowadays. Actually, let’s rephrase that - standard colours are so dull nowadays. There’s little variety out there, unless you’re willing to pay thousands for a special paint that’ll make you famous on Instagram for five minutes. We’re at the point where even optional palettes are really plain. Look at the configurator for something like a Polestar 2 or Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the screen blazing back shows different shades of winter, either the dark depths of the sea or slushy whites and silvers. Both ‘Jupiter’ (for the Polestar) and Hyundai’s ‘Digital Teal Green’ are about as interesting as each colour chart gets, and they’re nothing special.
And at this time of year, when the days are dark and the nights are long, a bit of colour is what we need. Which is where this TVR Tuscan comes in - it’s even in the perfect festive colour of, er, The Purple One from a tub of Quality Street. Best get comfortable…
In 2004, Racing Green TVR wanted a new Tuscan demonstrator for 2005. To get customer attention, these cars needed to be dramatic, and even the standard colours on offer - TVR always knew how to do proper paint options, it should be noted - weren’t going to cut it. And so the story goes the sales manager of Racing Green at the time took a Purple One wrapper to TVR, to its best body shop painter, no less, as a sample for a new colour. Purple Pearl was the incredible result, and this Tuscan arrived at Racing Green just in time for Christmas (marked, presumably, with loads of Quality Street) on December 23rd, 2004. It was registered on New Year’s Day, 2005, ready to roll for its early life as a show car for the dealership. What days they were with TVR around.
Now the Tuscan is a matter of days from its 18th (!) birthday, and looking for a new owner. Having recently been looked after by TVR specialists Str8Six (including the fitment of some beautifully refurbed Spider alloys), the Tuscan looks in tip-top shape for whoever wants the Purple Pearler next. Despite more than 50,000 miles and six owners, that stunning paint still gleams, and the interior - complete with purple contrast stitching - has weathered its use really nicely. It’s a beautiful version of a legendary sports car.
Let’s not forget, either, that this is a Tuscan 2, the revision that brought some welcome chassis tweaks to original car like a slower steering rack, altered spring rates and geometry changes. It’s also been upgraded to S spec, meaning more power from the 4.0-litre straight six. There’s even air con, and a vaguely modern stereo - what more are you going to need?
Furthermore, though the stock of Tuscan 2s has been rising of late as its status as best of the breed is recognised, they still look fine value against its Sagaris contemporary. You’ll need more than £60k for a Sagaris approaching 100,000 miles; this Tuscan is £46,000 with tens of thousands of miles less on it. No doubt, a Sagaris looks cooler - even when not confectionary coloured - but does it really look that much cooler? Best leave that for you to decide, while we return to ogling the Quality Street car. And eating them, of course.
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