How has to be a car? The question is good most of all for vintage cars: restored or preserved? Some “masterpieces” at Villa d’Este or Pebble Beach International Concours were very deeply restored. It seems they exit the assembly line one hour before (60 or 80 years old cars) so they’re beautiful but became a false. That’s why I prefer “preserved”. So I can “touch” the real car and feel (and see) all its story.
The car of the video is a TVR Tuscan Mk1 with a LS Corvette engine installed (note the carburettor cylinder “hole” on the front bonnet and the typical sound). Many owners suffer the lack of reliability of the Speed-6 engine (and everyone to whom you’ll ask some advices will tell you that you might at least look for a 2003 unit). The owner of the car in the video took an extreme decision: he abandoned the TVR Speed-6 engine for a more reliable one.
Was it “licit”? Of course this doesn’t mean any vilification of any V8 engine. I can only give MY opinion (but I did not live such an experience). I think that every car must be preserved as totally original. Maybe I would have looked for another more reliable unit of the TVR Speed-6 because this is ITS engine and TVR didn’t offer officially the LS V8 as an option. Maybe, as many enthusiast say, as currently there are several conversions on TVR Cerberas, TVR Tuscans and TVR Sagaris, if TVR factory were still “alive” staff would surely offered this engine.
In the following video, the gorgeous sound of a TVR Sagaris with LS7 engine (it’s installed in the Corvette Z06). This kind of conversion was already reviewed HERE and HERE. The car is surely stunning, surely extremely fast, surely extrordinary. But I feel I could consider it only a “tuned” TVR Sagaris, even if a “better” TVR Sagaris. The car is not original anymore.