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BryanB
07-09-2008, 04:36 PM
Hello,

I'm a new member here, but a life long fan of LBCs. Being that I'm still in high school, I have a lot more time than money; still, I'd like to finally break into the hobby.

Ideally, what I'm looking to find is an early M-series in need of restoration, but, to be honest, when it comes to TVRs I'm not really going to be all that picky. Trouble is, all I can seem to find are cars that have already had the time and money put into them and as a result carry prices that are far too rich for my blood.

If any of you know where to look for such a car, please point me in the right direction.

To make the decision to purchase easier for me, I also have a question for those of you with hands on experience with these cars. Is the body work underneith the vinyl on the cars fitted with it any different from those without it - can the vinyl be removed if I decide that it upsets the aesthetic of the car?

Cheers,
Bryan

Steve
07-09-2008, 09:48 PM
Welcome Bryan! One of the guys with a little more know-how on these cars should be along soon to add some comments.

mrtvr
07-10-2008, 04:40 PM
Bryan,
First of all, welcome to the forum and glad you are looking to acquire a TVR, whatever model it may be.
As others will advise you, you might want to join the TVRCC North America, as it hooks you in to a great network of owners and enthusiasts who can provide you with lots of worthwhile information.
Secondly, when looking for a TVR (or any collector car), a cardinal rule of thumb is to "buy the best car you can afford". For example, you mentioned so many of them had "had the time and money put into them and as a result carry prices that are far too rich for my blood"...but as many people have found out, by the time they buy an "affordable" model, and then bring it up to standard to their tastes, they often have a lot more in it that it would take to buy one of those that has already been done. I speak from experience.
With TVRCCNA membership comes a quarterly magazine which includes a TVR Trader section of cars for sale each issue. Also, the TVRCCNA website at
www.tvrccna.org (http://www.tvrccna.org) has some cars for sale as well.
Parts are also readily available through Classic Motor Works (www.cmw-tvr.com (http://www.cmw-tvr.com)) so I hope you find something that strikes your fancy and we welcome you to the fold.
Marshall

bravenrace
07-11-2008, 11:10 AM
Bryan,
I will soon have a '74 2500M for sale. Send me an email at jdvogel@netzero.net if you are interested, and I'll give you more details and pictures.
-Jim

Silverghost
07-11-2008, 01:45 PM
Came across this, it may be in your range? Interesting that it is not listed as TVR, just "Other Make". Sometimes a deal can be had in a case like this as no one usually knows something like this is here.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-Truc...p3756.m14.l1318 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-Trucks___1977-TVR-3000M-NICE-ORIGINAL-EXAMPLE-RARE-L-K_W0QQitemZ150269458355QQddnZCarsQ20Q26Q20TrucksQQ ddiZ2282QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item150269458355&_trks id=p3756.m14.l1318)

martx-5
07-11-2008, 03:20 PM
Came across this, it may be in your range? Interesting that it is not listed as TVR, just "Other Make". Sometimes a deal can be had in a case like this as no one usually knows something like this is here.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-Truc...p3756.m14.l1318 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-Trucks___1977-TVR-3000M-NICE-ORIGINAL-EXAMPLE-RARE-L-K_W0QQitemZ150269458355QQddnZCarsQ20Q26Q20TrucksQQ ddiZ2282QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item150269458355&_trks id=p3756.m14.l1318)

It's right hand drive. Not exactly a good feature for driving in this country.

Silverghost
07-11-2008, 03:46 PM
My Mini is RHD. I love it. I really find no problems except for drive throughs! :smile:

BryanB
07-11-2008, 04:04 PM
Thank you for all of the replies.

Marshall,
I'll look into joining the club, and thank you for the advice.

Jim,
I've sent you an email. Is the car you are interested in selling the same one that is pictured at the bottom of you posts?

-Bryan

mrtvr
07-12-2008, 12:35 PM
Bryan,
We'll look forward to your joining the club. As for why TVRs are listed as "Other Makes" on eBay, it's because they don't have a specific "TVR" listing under the car makes.

Marshall

mike_big
07-13-2008, 11:08 AM
Hello,
I'm in Columbus, Ohio and talked to a fellow a year ago who has two TVR 2500 and wants to sellone. I looked at pics and it seems like a likely project type car. Price then was $3,500. Let me know if you want and I will try to get his name, info.

Mike

Deathtrap
07-13-2008, 06:49 PM
I noticed that your in Maryland. If you ever need me to take a look at a possible purchase let me know. Euortech Motorsports 301.371.0700 Marc we have extensive experiance with british cars and would be happy to help you out

BryanB
07-16-2008, 10:32 AM
Mike,

If it's isn't too much trouble for you I'd appreciate whatever information you could provide for me.

Deathtrap,

If I can find one for sale in Maryland, I'll happily give you call. It's always nice to have a professional's opinion on cars like this.

Thanks,
Bryan

vagt6
07-16-2008, 12:41 PM
Bryan,
We'll look forward to your joining the club. As for why TVRs are listed as "Other Makes" on eBay, it's because they don't have a specific "TVR" listing under the car makes.

Marshall

Marshall, I have TVR saved in my "favorite searches" on My EBay. Try fiddling around with the features, TVR is in there.