1985 TVR 350i
Arguably one of the best sounding TVR's in super order; full engine rebuild and enhancement less than 2,000 miles ago; who doesnt love a Wedge!?
Dating from 1985 this striking and ever-so 80’s 350i or ‘Wedge’ as they are fondly known by the TVR car club crew, looks in outstanding order having been treated to some recent upgrade works and paint correction.
Supplied new by Engine Close Garage of Mirfield in June 1985 the car is finished in red with contrasting black Mohair soft-top with removable Targa panel, silver X-spoke alloy wheels and black leather interior with walnut veneer trim.
Under the angular, low slung long nose with aggressive air-dam, we find a 3.5 litre Rover V8 producing c.190Bhp in stock form driving the rear wheels via 5-speed manual transmission.
The car looks to have been well cared for and maintained with a super interior, smart hood and shining paintwork and looks to have worn its 107,130 miles well. The supporting history file is considerable and includes the V5C recording 8 former keepers, the owner’s pack with service book revealing 15 historic stamps, the last at 75,604 miles in October 1996, copy parts list for mechanical components, suspension components, chassis parts and body parts etc for the whole car, photographs of the car, useful notes on bits like where the rear brakes are sourced from (Jag XJ6), a heap of invoices, 13 old MOTs and current MOT valid until February 2022 with no advisories recorded.
The MOT history reveals the car to have covered little mileage in the last 10 years, only c.1,000 miles in fact with 2014/5 – 2021 appearing to be off the road with no MOT. A detailed note from the previous owner details his ownership from 2007 and includes a summary of works he undertook which includes an engine rebuild between 2011-12 with new machined block with new core plugs and cam bearings by RPI Engineering, reground crank, Piper 270 fast road cam and lifters, uprated timing gears and chain, new oil pump gears, new crank main bearing shells, new piston rings and little end bearings plus ARP stud and nut kit along with K&N filter at 105,800 miles plus rebuilt front and rear brake callipers, replacement throttle potentiometer, silicone water hoses and replacement steering and UJ bushes.
Prior to this the notes and invoices refer to a re-bushed rear subframe in 2006, fitment of a triple core radiator with twin fans, braided brake hoses, half stainless exhaust and confirmation of dry storage between 2015-2020.
An unusually tidy example that shouts loudly and, quite frankly, beautifully – these earlier pre-cat V8’s really do make the most fantastic V8 noise.
Ok, it’s done a few miles, but they are hard to find in such nice unmolested order, particularly with such a huge history file and recent engine rebuild less than 2,000 miles ago. Get a Wedge in your life and with values are on the climb too – all the more reason to snap a good one up when you can.
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