Keeping a classic car in a garage for a long time is okay, but only if done right. But leaving it on the street or in an abandoned barn is a very bad idea.
And it’s not just about rust, which will surely cover the body of the car. Most likely, before you start it, you will also have to remove a bunch of leaves from under the hood and from the cabin and even worse.
The biggest problem is rodents and ants, which are very fond of vehicles that have stood idle for a long time. And they’re not exactly friendly to what’s under the hood. They usually gnaw through cables and upholstery.
This TVR 280i sat idle for about ten years. Parked on the street after the death of its owner, the British sports car arrived at its new owner with a thick layer of dust and mold covering its wedge-shaped body.
The new owner was unable to start cleaning because there were a huge number of ants in the cabin. He had to set traps and stop cleaning work for a few days. In the end, he did well. Of course, this TVR needs new carpets and upholstery, but the transformation is still amazing. Now that the car is sparkling clean, the new owner can start the engine again.
If you’re not familiar with this TVR, it was introduced in 1980 as Tasmin. It was renamed the 280i in 1984 and remained in production until 1987. TVR also offered a more affordable version of the 200i with a four-cylinder instead of a V6.
The company’s first sports car, the Tasmin, was designed by Oliver Winterbottom, who also created the second-generation Lotus Elite and Eclat. The TVR Tasmin/280i was offered in three different versions, including two-seat and four-seat coupes and a two-seat convertible.
The 280i you see in the photo was equipped with a 2.8-liter V6 engine. It was developed by Ford Europe and was installed on many cars of the brand, including the Bronco II, Pinto and second generation Mustang. The V6 accelerated the Tasmin from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in eight seconds and had a top speed of 206 km/h. Despite a long production run, only 1200 Tasmin/280i/200i units were produced.
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