Great Britain's TVR had a brilliant chassis but by the 1970s, it was starting to show its age and required re-engineering and modernization to remain competitive in the sports car niche. Company owner Martin Lilley personally helped with the design of a new platform. The result of the work was the 'M Chassis' which would eventually host three new models of varying engine displacement, the most powerful of which was the 3000M. The 3000M was powered by the three-liter Ford V-6 engine that was manufactured in Essex, England.
In 1978, the 3000M was modified into a convertible version which featured TVR's first-ever separated trunk compartment, as well as detachable sliding-glass side screens. Production of the 3000S lasted just two years with a total of 258 examples built.
This TVR 3000S Roadster is one of just 129 examples built in 1979. It is one of just 140 total TVR examples exported that year. It is believed that the car has never been restored, with the current odometer display of approximately 53,000 miles. It rides on 14-inch alloy wheels in addition to the 16-inch Panasport wheels.
The 2994cc Ford 'Essex' V-6 engine is fitted with a single Downdraft Twin-Choke Weber carburetor and delivers 142 horsepower. There is a four-speed, all-synchromesh manual gearbox and four-wheel disc brakes.
In 2012, this car was offered for sale at Amelia Island sale presented by Gooding & Company. The car was estimated to sell for $40,000 - $50,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $24,200 inclusive of buyer's premium.