1986 TVR Tasmin 280i Series II Convertible 

Price: US $14,800.00 Item location: Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
  • Make: TVR
  • Model: Tasmin 280i
  • SubModel: TVR Tasmin 280i Series II
  • Type: Convertible
  • Trim: Series II Convertible 
  • Year: 1986
  • Mileage: 45,020
  • VIN: SA9DH28P0GB019622
  • Color: Red
  • Engine size: 2.8L V-6
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Power options: Air Conditioning
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Four-speed Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Tan
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1986 TVR Tasmin 280i Series II Convertible 

1986 TVR Tasmin 280i Series II Convertible Description

1986 TVR Tasmin 280i Series II Convertible

One of 1,176 V-6 models made between 1984 and 1987 Hand-built fiberglass body and left-hand drive Red exterior with a black manual-folding top and tan leather interior German Ford Cologne 2.8L V-6 engine Ford four-speed manual transmission Air-conditioning, power four-wheel disc brakes, new tires and power windows Documentation includes a CarFax and the book, “The TVR Wedge: Vol. 1 – Maintenance” Mileage understood to be 45,020- exempt due to age

Looking for classic two-seater that resembles a Triumph but is not a TR7? MotoeXotica Classic Cars is pleased to present this 1986 TVR 280i Series II Convertible.

This particular example was hand-built in Blackpool, England in August 1985 and is left-hand drive. The car’s red paint and trim are in overall very good order but some minor blemishes and touch ups are visible upon close inspection and the front air dam displays some road rash. The car’s windshield and side glass are clear and intact while its lights are in overall good order.

The Tasmin rolls on P195/60R14 tires, surrounding factory aluminum honeycomb wheels. The tires and wheels look great. Its fiberglass bodywork is straight, including the black cloth roof and its fold-down, targa-style bar. The boot (trunk) looks great and comes with a space-saver spare tire while the engine bay is quite tidy and the bumpers fit well to the car’s body.

Under the forward-hinged bonnet (hood) is a German Ford Cologne 2.8L V-6 engine with Bosch fuel injection and breathing via dual exhausts. The engine is mated to a Ford four-speed manual transmission. Driver convenience features include air-conditioning, power four-wheel disc brakes and power windows.

Inside, the tan bucket seats are in very good order, while the matching carpeting is in good condition but the emergency brake & turn signal is inoperable. The tan instrument panel is in one piece and a factory four-spoke mahogany-like steering wheel faces the driver but the turn signals are also inoperable. The inner door panels, mirror glass, wide center console and shift lever are all in very good order. Completing the interior is a Sony AM/FM stereo with CD player.

The Tasmin was the first production car in the world to have both a bonded windscreen and also to incorporate the aerial in the rear screen heater element. As with all TVRs, the running gear was located in a tubular spaceframe steel chassis, which was powder coated for extra corrosion resistance. Much of the running gear was sourced from period Ford models – suspension and steering were sourced from the Ford Cortina, with TVR-engineered rear wishbones. Gearboxes came from the Cortina, Granada and Sierra sedans. Brakes were discs all round, with the front units from the Granada. The differential and rear brakes came from the Jaguar XJ-S.

While the styling of the car was by Oliver Winterbottom, who had previously styled the Lotus Elite S2, it bears a striking resemblance to 1971 Ital Design concept car, the Alfa Romeo Caimano, from the waist rail down.

In 1981, a series II car appeared, a vast improvement over the series I. In 1984, the Tasmin name was dropped and the car was renamed TVR 280i, although the name remained in use within the TVR factory. The 2.8-litre “Cologne” V-6 had already been certified for US sales and thus TVR returned to the US market after a six-year hiatus. The Tasmin was the last TVR to be exported to the United States, with the last car brought over in 1987, this being a series II 280i.

Documentation includes a CarFax and the book, “The TVR Wedge: Vol. 1 – Maintenance.”

Competition to this TVR in 1986 included the Bitter SC Convertible, Chevrolet’s Corvette Convertible, Ferrari’s Mondial 3.2 Cabriolet and Jaguar’s XJ-SC Cabriolet.

This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 45,020 miles and is understood to be actual as backed up by the CARFAX. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!


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VIN: SA9DH28P0GB019622 EIN: PP-1561-15 Body code: P417-0740

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