She’s a little Vixen! TVR from England is rare yet affordable sports car

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TVR
The TVR is a hand-built coupe from a small manufacturer

After Monterey Car Week, many people in the hobby are likely frustrated that the only cars many automotive journalists have been writing about are super-rare multi-million-dollar Ferraris, Aston Martins and the like.

Well, there is  hope as there are rare sports cars that are still affordable to the average buyer. One British marque that comes to mind is TVR.

TVR

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 TVR Vixen coupe built by a small car company in Blackpool, England, that is known for making  interesting and exciting sports cars, offering good performance and fairly simple mechanicals.

If you’ve never ever heard of TVR, they are, like Lotus, sports cars made with fiberglass bodies and, also like Lotus, are largely hand-assembled cars so that the quality of the cars can vary.  This car’s fiberglass body and tubular chassis are both in excellent condition, according to the Stratford, Connecticut, dealer advertising the TVR on ClassicCars.com.

This TVR Vixen is one of only 117 built and one of just 47 Vixens in left-hand drive. This Vixen was built for import to the U.S., and as a result features a dual-circuit master cylinder and all other 1968 DOT requirements.

TVR

Unlike many British sports cars of the era, the Vixen features an independent rear suspension and 4-wheel disc brakes. The wire wheels add a racy touch.

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This car was comprehensively rebuilt and prepared by a TVR expert, the seller says, with new brakes, new tires, Aeroquip brake lines and a well-prepared 1600cc Ford engine built with forged racing pistons, a Kent 234 race cam, twin 40 DCOE Weber carbs and headers.

The 4-cylinder engine dyno’d at 170 horsepower, the seller says, which would provide strong performance for a car that weighs only 1,600 pounds.

TVR

The car also features an oversized radiator with electric cooling fan, new heater, quick-ratio steering rack, exotic wood-inlaid dash and leather seats, which look to be in good condition.

For a rare classic sports car that doesn’t cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, let alone millions, this TVR Vixen at only $24,500 might be the ticket.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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