TVR Vixen Review from UK and Ireland

1970 TVR Vixen S3 1.6 petrol

Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 miles
Most recent distance250000 miles
Previous carSubaru Impreza WRX Turbo

Summary:

Classic British Sportscar not made by BMC

Faults:

Over the years, many things but following a complete rebuild the car has been very reliable.

Things that wear: brakes, front wheel bearings, etc.

General Comments:

Superb looking car and probably the architypal TVR with the legendary Kamm tail.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2000

18th Dec 2003, 15:34

I owned a similar Vixen (1970, S3, VMA 5J) from 1979 till 1981, just two years, but I have to admit that this vehicle was the highlight of my 30 years of motoring, and since then I have owned BMW, MG, Renault, Saab, etc. The TVR never let me down - the power from its slightly tuned RS Mexico engine fed to the road via the long spaced Corsair 2000E transmission provided for amazing acceleration from 50 to 100, unbelievable for just a 1600 cc engine. As for road-holding, you can take a bend as far as you have the bottle! Just wish that I had kept this black lizard of the road.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review