1988 TVR Tasmin 350i Sport 225

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Highlights

  • Outstanding documentation from new
  • Original owners' books and full documented history
  • Rare Sport 225 model confirmed by TVR club
  • Fully serviced and tuned recently
  • New tyres and recently replaced roof
  • New MOT will be done before collection

The Appeal

Perhaps one of Pete Wheeler's most impactful cars, the wedge-shaped, hand-built TVR Tasmin 350i is a rare and exhilarating British sports car that stands out for its unique blend of V8 power and go-kart-like handling. This specific 1988 model is particularly special due to its Sport 225 package. If the limited run of the Tamsin wasn't rare enough, this package is scarcer than hen's teeth. To save TVR homologating another model, the performance-enhancing parts were supplied in the boot for the dealer to install for the customer!

The package boasts a Sport 225hp engine with upgraded 4 pot brakes. That new level of responsiveness and power made the Sport 225 a tantalising option, and set an already fast sports car into legendary territory.

Rare, yet eminently more economic than many of the car's continental contemporaries, this example of 'Wheeler's Wedge' has been cossetted over the years, as evidenced by a wealth of paperwork. Recent work includes a full service, replacement of various seals and gaskets, and a distributor service by H&H Ignitions. The car also benefits from new tyres, a recently replaced roof, and upgraded brakes, ensuring it is in fine fettle for its next owner.

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History and Paperwork

  • Registered in 1988
  • 4 registered keepers
  • MOT valid until July 2024
  • TVR club confirmed it was indeed a sport model
  • Full service recently carried out, including replacing rocker cover, inlet manifold, and sump seals/gaskets
  • Outstanding documentation from new:
    • Original owners' books and bill of sale
    • MOT certificates dating back to 1995
    • Additional service information for the '350 sport (225 conversion)'
    • Original sales invoice from Christopher Neil Sports Cars dated 02-11-1988
    • Additional information from previous owners describing their time with the TVR

The Condition

  • Chassis is corrosion-free, with regular touch-ups/wax oil
  • No repair work carried out; sill covers were removed to inspect the outriggers and seatbelt mounts
  • Body has some signs of age; bumpers have recently been painted
  • Passenger door mirror is the worst area
  • Roof replaced
  • Front and rear bumpers repainted
  • Finisher seal on the front bumper is missing but on order and will be installed shortly
  • Fitted with a full set of new tyres
  • Seats show some wear, commensurate with age
  • Door cards and roof trim have been replaced
  • Some light wear to the leather dashboard surround
  • Veneers carry light signs of use
  • All instruments clear and legible
  • Original music player is still in situ 

The Mechanics

  • 3,528cc Rover V8 powerplant
  • Sport 225hp engine (9.75:1 comp ratio)
  • 5-speed transmission
  • Upgraded 4 pot brakes with brake shields
  • Limited slip differential
  • Inlet manifold and sump removed to show a clean and healthy engine
  • Coolant hoses and fuel hoses all replaced
  • Starts, stops, and drives just as a TVR should
  • New rear brake calipers, pads, and discs
  • New front brake pads
  • New Engine ECU
  • New air flow meter
  • Tie rod bushes and washers
  • All fuel hoses replaced, including tricky ones connecting the rear fuel tank saddles
  • New fuel swirl pot from ACT Performance Parts
  • Coolant hoses replaced
  • HT leads, spark plugs, and distributor cap replaced
  • Lower ball joint replaced for MOT
  • Notorious steering column bush replaced
  • Exhaust system replaced
  • Fast, usable classic
  • The vendor notes this car's impressive Go-Kart handling
  • We're informed it's ultimately in superb order
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1988
  • Make TVR
  • Model Tasmin
  • Colour Grey
  • Odometer 70,014 Miles
  • Engine size 3528
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Devon
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
8 bids from 4 bidders
  • Jo•••• £6,600 18/06/24
  • me•••• £6,500 18/06/24
  • Jo•••• £6,400 18/06/24
  • me•••• £6,300 18/06/24
  • Jo•••• £6,200 18/06/24
  • Jo•••• £6,100 18/06/24
  • ta•••• £6,000 17/06/24
  • ma•••• £5,000 13/06/24
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