The company that became known as TVR was formed in 1946, but news of its endeavours only rarely graced the pages of Autocar in the early years.
The turning point came with the British launch of the Grantura, which was the first TVR to be afforded the full Autocar road test treatment.
The little two-seater was offered with a choice of three engines: the MGA 1600, the 1220cc Coventry Climax or Ford 109E power unit.
Autocar’s test car was fitted with the Coventry Climax unit, which produced 84bhp at 6300rpm. Zero to 60mph was covered in 10.8sec.
Low-speed torque wasn’t particularly good, but “real pulling power is available from 4000rpm and up to 6500rpm, or 200rpm above maximum power.
“At higher speeds performance was rather disappointing,” reported our road testers, “and the maximum speed of 101mph is well below what was expected from this car.
“When initial attempts were made to take the performance figures, it was found that the engine would not run much over 6000rpm in third gear and would not reach these revolutions in top.