TVR Trident coupe


Trident Coupe

Photo - Norman Hawkes

Trident Coupe

Photo - Norman Hawkes

Trident Coupe

Photo - Norman Hawkes

Trident Coupe

Photo - Norman Hawkes

  Trident coupe
This is the final one of the 3 prototype TVR Trident Coupes (one convertible was also produced) styled by Trevor Fiore and manufactured by Carrozzeria Fissore of Turin in 1965 on stretched TVR Griffith chassis.

This steel-bodied car was delivered to TVR after being shown at the Turin Show in November 1965, and after TVR had been rescued by Martin Lilley, the drawings for it having earlier been acquired by Bill Last who went on to produce his Trident series of cars in GRP.

Because production was no longer a possibility the car was stripped for parts by TVR without it ever being registered or used, and it was only built up again over the period 1986-91 by its current owner, Norman Hawkes. Hence its current mileage of 6800 from new is genuine!

TVR Trident prototype No. 3 is the only RHD coupe and the only all-steel bodied car, the others being a mixture of aluminium and steel. It is also the only Coupe on the road at the moment, No. 1 being garaged in unroadworthy condition in Santa Cruz, California and No. 2 undergoing a rebuild in Belgium.

The specification includes a US Ford 289 V8 producing about 240 bhp, a Borg-Warner T10 4-speed manual gearbox and Salisbury HU 3.07:1 limited-slip differential; mechanically its TVR Griffith 200 but sitting on the 76 chassis which later became standard on LWB Tuscans and the later Vixens and V6 Tuscans.

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