The Sagaris is often refered to as the scariest TVR ever built, due to its lack of ABS, airbags, or any safety features
The 420 SEAC was built between 1986 and 1988, and was powered by a Rover V8
The Cerbera was launched in 1996. It was offered with both straight six and V8 engines
This is the TVR Griffith. Originally launched as the Griffith 200, it was succeeded by a 400 series model
Between 1986 and 1994 2604 S Series cars were produced – a substantial amount compared with other TVR models
The striking TVR Sagaris is powered by a 380bhp 4.0-litre engine, enough for a top speed of 185mph
At just 1078kg, it will also hit 60mph in 3.7sec
The 1991 TVR Griffith paid homage to the Griffith 200 and Griffith 400
This racing Speed 12 took wins in the British GT championship at Brands and Oulton Park
The TVR T350 is based on the Tamora, and is the predecessor to the Sagaris
This is the TVR Tamora, which was the marque's entry-level car in 2002 and cost £43,460
The Tuscan is arguably the most well-known TVR. It went on to spawn race version which raced at Le Mans
A TVR Tuscan on the limit at Brands Hatch
The Sagaris can sprint from 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds
This V8 S Series was Peter Wheeler's first major development after he bought the firm from Martin Lilley
Previously, the former owner of the TVR sports car name had given up hope of ever restarting production. Smolenski, a Vienna-based Russian investor, had spent years developing various TVR prototypes but told Autocar that costs and customer demands are now too high to make the project viable.
He was reputedly going to take the name to a new venture building portable wind turbines.
Smolenski bought the Blackpool-based firm in 2004 for a rumoured £15 million and operated it in fits and starts until production ceased at the end of 2006.
Amid difficulties with retrenchments and the sale of assets, Smolensky moved to Austria, where he set about building three prototypes with the hope of kickstarting a modern era for TVR.
“We built three cars,” said Smolenski. “A Tuscan Mk2 convertible with a 400bhp Corvette LS3 engine, a Cerbera powered by a BMW twin-turbo V8 diesel and a GT350 powered by a 100kW electric motor. They all worked well, but the costs were high. We would have to sell them at between £100,000 and £200,000, which was too high to make sense.”
At one stage Smolenski commented that he was close to striking a deal with Caterham Cars to provide support for a manufacturing operation, but he lacked confidence that the cars would sell profitably. Spare parts for existing cars remain available through Performance Engines, Racing Green and TVR Power.
Smolenski had stated that he had no plans to sell the TVR name, but indicated he would listen to proposals. Speaking prior to the recent announcements, he had said “People contact me sometimes, but any TVR plan would have to deliver a good return.”
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