TVR is best known for taking big, powerful engines, stuffing them into a tight, featherweight package, and selling a brutally fast and uncompromising sports car. These types of cars, like the Griffith, made TVR into one of the big names among enthusiasts, even though the company was never very large and its finances were as smooth as a mountain range. A big part of TVR’s business, meanwhile, was in more humble four-cylinder sports cars. The car featured here, located in Hinesburg, Vermont, is one of those smaller TVRs.
Like Elva, TVR took many components from its automotive peers in the UK and incorporated them into a lighter, often more attractive sports car that stood out in the sea of MGs and Triumphs. The Vixen was launched in 1967 to replace TVR’s first production car, the Grantura, and the MGB engine was replaced by the Ford Kent unit from the Cortina GT, which was good for about 90 horsepower. With only around 1,600 pounds to push around that made for a quick little car, especially since the MGB and Triumph TRs weighed well over 2,000 pounds. Hand-built TVRs were naturally more expensive than cars from the bigger companies, but the Vixen turned out to be one of TVR’s more successful models, with about four hundred examples built until the company went for a change in nomenclature in 1973. From that year forward, the Vixen was known as the 1600M, 2500M, or 3000M to reflect engine size.
The car featured here is a Series 2 TVR Vixen from 1969. The wheelbase was lengthened a bit for the Series 2 Vixens, but otherwise very little was changed from the Series 1. This Vixen has new ball joints, shocks, radiator, battery, brakes, exhaust, paint and more. It is advertised as “90% restored”, which likely means that it is ready for enjoyment, but not for the concours. Some of the larger-engined TVRs are getting pretty valuable, so this could be a good chance to get into a classic TVR while they can still be had at a modest price. Check out this 1969 TVR Vixen Series 2 here on eBay, where the reserve is not yet met at $7,250.