1992 TVR S3C Registration Number: J226 GTR Chassis Number: ...





1992 TVR S3C

Registration Number: J226 GTR
Chassis Number: SDLDSC2PXND011905
Recorded Mileage: 39,700

- Two owners, the first until 2020
- 39,800 miles from new with full service history 

Launched at the 1986 British International Motor Show, the new classically styled TVR S model, was new boss Peter Wheeler’s first big project, selling 250 pre-orders on the spot. Needing an “entry level model that would be the introduction to the TVR line up”, the new car was rushed into production within 12 months, inspired by the earlier 3000S but with mechanics based on the contemporary Tasmin 280i. At £12995, the new ‘S’ provided perfect access into TVR ownership.

Now fitted with a re-engineered 2.9 litre engine, the S2 model of 1988 boosted torque to 172lb.ft (up from 162lb.ft), with slightly more power at 168bhp. Other changes included electric windows, chrome strips above the bumpers, eight-spoke OZ alloy wheels, and a slightly revised instrument panel. 

The S3 model of 1990 closely resembled the S2, but with a stiffer chassis for a smoother ride and better handling, a totally new body with longer doors that aided passenger exit/entrance, and a total redesign of the interior to accomodate drivers of any size.

The range topping S3C received a walnut dashboard, leather sports seats and electric door mirrors as standard equipment, and long-range driving lights set into the lower front air dam. Between 1986 and 1994, TVR produced 2,604 S-series cars; 410 of these were the V8S model. 

This super original late S3C model was registered to its first owner in the summer of 1992, finished in Midnight Blue metallic with a cream leather interior. Keeping the car for approximately 28 years, in his earlier years of ownership the car was serviced at TVR, and later by a nearby sports car specialist. The TVR changed hands in the last few years to the second and current custodian, a local vehicle technician and enthusiast. In current ownership the S3C has been correctly serviced, and the suspension uprated to coilovers with polybushed joints. 

Offered with a new MoT certificate, also full history including receipts over the years, and showing under 40,000 miles from new, this is a highly usable modern classic in cracking condition.

Auction Date: 11th Mar 2023 at 2pm

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11th Mar 2023 2pm (Lots 1 to 42)