Following on from the success of their Griffith model, TVR launched the new “Tuscan” range in 1967. The Tuscan name was introduced in 1967 as an attempt to relaunch the car. The 195bhp version became the Tuscan V8, and the 271bhp version the Tuscan V8 SE. Externally similar to the Griffith and Grantura Mk3, it had a luxurious interior and up-market fittings. Only a small number of these cars were built before the Tuscan V8 SE LWB was introduced. This had a revised chassis with a 7ft 6in wheelbase, allowing the doors to be lengthened and more interior space to be provided. The rear lights changed from round Cortina Mk1 to rectangular Cortina Mk2 and a more attractive bonnet with a softer bulge and different air vents. A more significant development occurred in 1968 when the ‘wide body’ Tuscan V8 LWB was launched. This was four inches wider and had a restyled nose and tail.
Production continued until 1971 in the company’s famous Blackpool factory. It was the second car developed by TVR during the ‘Martin Lilley’ ownership era of the automotive firm.
The Tuscan was initially offered with just a V8 engine option, but in 1969 a less thirsty V6 engine option was offered. TVR built just 174 Tuscans, 101 featuring the cheaper V6 engine; the V8 option was discontinued in 1970 after demand for the V8 configuration fell. In total, it is believed that just 73 V8 engined cars were sold by TVR.