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Sherlock
02-23-2010, 12:31 AM
I'm going to assume that at least some people are familiar with the late-1970's TVR 5000M, a rather special car sold up here in Canada... I just saw an example of one of the original 5000M's plus one cloned version (a customer car that was modified).

Here's the photo from out World of Wheels show...

https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4050/4380640513_45ceb15c36.jpg

And here's the blurb I included when I posted the photo:

<span style="font-style: italic">These aren't just any old TVR's, one of these is an original TVR 5000M, and one of these is TVR 5000M clone... Now you may ask, just what it is a TVR 5000M? Alright then...

For many years John Wadman was the importer of TVR's into Canada, based out of Toronto, in the late-1970's he came up with the idea of stuffing a V8 into the current run of TVR's. He imported cars from England as bare shells and chassis and did the conversion at his shop, completing seven or eight examples. These cars were given brand new VIN's and sold as the TVR 5000M, only to Canadian customers.

Having seen these cars, a number of people brought their TVR's to John asking him to do a similar conversion, thus he also completed some 5000M clones.

One of these cars is the real deal and one is a clone, I forget which is which.

On a secondary note, John continued importing TVR's into Canada right up to 1986, after official sales ceased in the United States. Then in 1990/91 John brought in some Griffith's to the Canadian market, selling a small number of them before gov't regulations choked him off. I did see one of these cars once when I lived in Ontario back in 2002. And John is still actively involved with TVR and fellow TVR enthusiasts across Canada up to the present.</span>

Grantura_MKI
02-23-2010, 09:14 AM
Not my cuppa, but nice paint.
Cheers,
D.

ralph_s
02-25-2010, 05:34 PM
I guess stuffing the V8 into a 2500 made it twice the car, so a 5000M or was that the Canadian conversion factor.......lol.
Sweet looking car!

Sherlock
02-26-2010, 08:08 AM
To each their own... And I can understand

And of course it wasn't the first time a V8 was stuffed into the TVR, the 1960's Griffith, but I believe this one is a little less known...

swift6
02-26-2010, 10:04 AM
I guess stuffing the V8 into a 2500 made it twice the car, so a 5000M or was that the Canadian conversion factor.......lol.
Sweet looking car!

It would make sense if it doubled the size of the engine. 2500cc to 5000cc, which would be accurate if they used Ford 302ci V8's.

tr7andtvr
03-14-2010, 09:09 PM
Im sure its fun!!!