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Hello Folks, I am a Yank Living in Essex. I have had many Ford Muscle cars whilst living in the states from a Shelby GT500KR to a Super charged 68 Mustang prostreet (which I trades for 2 minis to the UK while still living in the USA)

I was a mustang nut for quite some time and chased the dragon with several big block and super charged cars. I realized they just handle like crap and got out of them and got into....wait.....hold on....minis!!!! yeah I know, Stop laughing. I am hooked, Somethings can't be helped. I export them mainly to the states so get to drive them for a short time, fix them up and sell them on.

Well to the point. I have been aching for the V8 experience once again and can't afford to go too nuts with an Italian sports car and find TVRs to be quite interesting and the sound intoxicating.

I know this is an impossible to answer question but can anyone tell me the plusses and minuses to owning a TVR. Not looking for new, Looking for used and under 20k. I read a few posts about needing engine rebuilds and such and thats a bit scary, I used to spend buckets of cash on my muscle cars but living over here had curbed my income stream a bit. I just want a usuable V8 powered car with some curb appeal and don't want to drown in repairs. I am fully aware of the famous TVR quality, which I know is suspect in some/most models. Jeremy clarkson isn't the biggest fan.

Any help/suggestions/comment most welcome.

Thanks. peter

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First off;

If you want a V8 TVR you're looking at Cerberas, Chimaeras and Griffiths for your kind of budget; all the more recent cars have the straight six engines. This is good news for you as the V8s (both the AJP and the Rover) have a better reliability reputation than the 'six'.

It's also good as for £20k you will have plenty of choice of all 3 models.

Buy on condition, as ever, with full service history.

I'm no expert, but consensus is to budget £1.5-£2k p.a. for insurance, servicing, repairs on typical mileage for the Chimaera/Griffith (same mechanicals) and approx twice that for a Cerbera (quicker, and more specialist parts)

Ones over 10rs old can get classic insurance.

All TVRs have plenty of kerb appeal smile.gif

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Stack, thanks so much, to show how varied I am in my hunt I was drooling over a concours TR6 today, I have to make my mind up at some point.

cheers. Peter

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lol,

I'd also check out the inevitable Pistonheads for lots more knowledgeable advice, as well the TVRCC.

Hope you made it to Chatsworth yesterday?

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