Now that TVR has been saved, and that a new two-model range is in the works for 2015, the company can look to rebuild its former glory.
But how hard is that going to be? TVR has been responsible for some of the best British-built cars in recent years. Can it ever return to those days? New boss Les Edgar certainly thinks so.
TVR began in 1947 when Trevor Wilkinson, an engineer, built himself a light alloy special based on an Alvis Firebird rolling chassis. The first production TVR was then sold in 1949.
By the mid 1950s TVRs were being sold in the US, and doing well, and in 1958 the Grantura joined the range. TVR began to blend its signature design of a tubular steel chassis and bold bodywork into each design.
The 70s saw the introduction of the M-series, and in 1980 TVR’s Tasmin was introduced. Power came from a 2.8-litre Ford unit, which was placed in both coupé, convertible and 2+2 models.
In 1982 Peter Wheeler took over management of the company, introducing the first Rover V8-engined TVRs in the form of the 350i. 1987 also saw the Type S being introduced.