This is easily one of the rarest cars we have ever had in our shop and we are very pleased to have it here to finish off its restoration. This is a one-off prototype known as a TVR Tina. This car is one of only two TVR Tinas ever built, and is the only convertible version made. This car was built in Italy by Fizzore-Fiore, and when first released, it had a different front nose that was much rounder. This design element was short-lived and the car was updated with the nose you see now.
This car first appeared on the TVR stand at the Turin Motor Show in 1966. It’s based on the Hillman Imp and features a full steel body which is very unusual for TVR. The idea was to eventually mass-produce these cars with fiberglass bodies, but the project never took off.
This car has been brought in for us to finish off the restoration. The restoration was started several years ago after the car was invited to the Pebble Beach Concours, but sadly slowed to a stop when the owner became ill and passed away. The current owner is very keen on finishing the restoration and showing it himself at events across the country.
The restoration as it has been brought to us has been very nicely done, but sadly many parts have been lost over the years. Being that this is a one-off build, many of these parts will need to be handmade from various photos and drawings we have. This is a really cool project that we’re very excited to be part of.
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