Automodello 1977 TVR M-Series Turbo

Automodello 1977 TVR M-Series Turbo

When Triumph quit building their U.S.-legal straight-six engines, TVR was left without a powerplant. Ford of England agreed to supply the 3-liter “Essex” V-6; with the bigger engine the TVR became the 3000M.  For those who wanted still more power, TVR had Ford tuner Broadspeed develop a turbocharged version, the 3000M Turbo.  TVR Chairman Peter Wheeler drove one for many years. This second TVR model from Automodello is a limited edition (123 made) miniature of Wheeler’s wheels; an even more limited all-black “Homage Edition” is also available. The basic body is, as it should be, identical to the first TVR Automodello marketed (successfully — it’s now sold out), but the hood, mirrors, and wheels have been changed to accurately reproduce Wheeler’s car, and a radio antenna has been added.  The most obvious change is the excellent metallic burgundy paint with authentic silver “Turbo” stripes.  Inside, the accurate upholstery has a realistic leather sheen, and the dash decal is all new, with a different instrument arrangement and a radio face, all of which are nicely detailed.  Although the authentic alloy wheels are very well done, there are no brakes behind them.  Workmanship is flawless, but my calculator says the model is closer to 1/41 scale; no big deal in a model this small.  – Wayne Moyer 

1:43 | $119.95

Updated: May 6, 2014 — 2:41 PM

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