Effective January 1, 2023, the base labor rate for all services (except sodablasting) is $160/hr. 100-Hour blocks of prepaid labor will be sold at the discouted rate of $150/hr. Projects that are already underway and those with deposits holding a spot in the backlog queue will be grandfathered in at their originally-quoted rate. See our "Ways to Pay" page (Company Menu) for more information.
Midlife Classics
on Facebook

"Full Inventory"
(Projects, Completions and Personal Collection)

77 Lancia Scorpion

67 Camaro RS Conv.

68 Austin Healey Sprite

68 Cougar

69 Corvette

70 Opel GT

69 Marcos 3000GT

86 TVR 280i

73 TVR 2500M

90 Buick Reatta

1985 TVR
280i Series 1.5

House Restoration Project

This poor TVR has been passed around from one owner to another over an unknown number of years. It apparently lived much - if not most - of its life in southern Texas. Based on the seller's story and what can be found in the available records, it sat outside in one or more residential yards until it was "rescued" by a frequent passerby. That buyer eventually took it with him on a move to North Carolina.

The familiar "it was running when it was parked" story accompanies this neglected wedge. Under the bonnet, all seems to be in order - with maybe a few minor items likely to be required before it will run again (we have the warm-up regulator that is missing in the photos). The convertible top is shredded - not even good enough for a pattern (but we have 2 other wedges for that). The interior looks to be complete (although somewhat disassembled) and the glass is in good shape. The frame (what we've seen of it from above) is rusty and may need to have some tubes replaced.

This car's future is uncertain at this time. However, if it isn't restored, it may provide donor components for our '85 280i Series 1 and maybe it's chassis to our Fiberfab Jamaican II body.


Please note that this car was purchased
with the intent of restoring it.

It is not listed here for the purposes of selling it, so please don't call or email asking for a sale price. However, if you really do want to buy this car, feel free to make an offer. Do realize that this car was purchased for our own purposes as opposed to being purchased for resale. So, it will likely take an offer that is greater than what might be considered "market value".

If you are seriously interested in a completed car like this one and have some patience, Midlife Classics can work with you to restore this car (or one like it) to your personal specifications.

Send Mail to