Can the new TVR owners bring back the passion of such an iconic brand? Here we remember some of the Brit firm's best work...
30 June 2013

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.

The second-generation Griffith, effectively a rebodied Chimera, put TVR on the map in the UK when it was launched in 1992. “It looked great and went like stink,” said then-boss Peter Wheeler. The Chimera is arguably the most successful TVR ever. Powered by the Rover V8 it outsold most of its competitors in 1998. To this day it remains TVR’s most successful model commercially.

The introduction of the Cerbera in 1996 spelt the beginning of the end for TVR. That said, purists agree it was also TVR’s finest hour, and linking back to it will be key for the new owners to re-establish the iconic brand.

Can it be done? Watch this space.

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30 June 2013

Are you kidding?! TVR isn't saved until they churn out enough cars for stable profitability. Who wrote this article, a 5 year old?

30 June 2013

"As with most modern TVRs, the Sagaris ignored EU rules on ABS and airbags." I suppose it adds to the excitement knowing that if you get it wrong, you're in trouble. And let's face it, the airbag would have failed in a crash anyway. I am looking forward to seeing the TVR name back although I am a little dubious as to whether they will succeed. There is definitely a market for a bare-boned sports car so maybe Edgar can return it to former glory. Time will tell. 

30 June 2013

I am remember watching TVR Tuscan racing as a child. Brilliant. I, like eveyone here, would love to see them return with a car with the impact of a Cerbera or Sagaris. I just can't help thinking that TVR will fail to survive.

30 June 2013

I remember those great races. Eurosport allowed to see it from France.

 

haz

30 June 2013

At this price point, they will need to sell a lot of cars to make profit. Look at the return of Marcos with the TSO. They just couldnt sell enough to make a profit at the £70k asking price.

TVR should create something special that is properly engineered, with exclusivety and desirablity, maybe for a 100k asking price, so they dont need to sell as many to survive. Not sure what engine to use, maybe a chevvy small block V8, or Ford duratec, but they shouldnt make their own.

There is a lack of lightweight cars these days, even Lotus are getting beefy, most of their cars are around 1100-1200kg. The only real lightweight cars these days are the caterhams, and the Ginetta G40R. I think there would be appeal for a modern fiberglass lightweight, retro construction techniques with modern engines and efficiency?

30 June 2013

How about a TVR SUV ? They will never shed their kitcar looks (versus appeal).

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30 June 2013

Not sure what engine to use, maybe a chevvy small block V8, or Ford duratec, but they shouldnt make their own.

30 June 2013

Les Edgar has emphasized that TVR must be a British sportscar. At the same time though, he says that Morgan is 'no less a Morgan for having a BMW engine'. As a TVR fan, I have to to disagree. 

The engine of a car is the heart of the car, and therefore one of the the most important parts of it. For TVR to be understood as 'British' it has to have British engine, typically a straight six.

TVR has a history of british engineered units, including their own. The last it it wants to do is g for the 'easy and cheap' route of buying a GM crate engine, or worse, a stock BMW engine. The cheek of charging £70k + for a stock engine from an other  make simply wont cut it. How many of these attempts have we seen, which failed? Yes, yes, you will say what 'about the McLaren F1, or Pagani?' These cars have had their engines specifically engineered for those models.  

Les has bought the company lock stock and barrell. My advice to him is use it with TVR partners to ensure the existing engines can be manufactured with increased reliability. This way you will not only keep the brand values, providing the vehicle handles very well and is reliable, the market share will inevtably increase with some clever marketing. 

1 July 2013

Use the Tvr 4.5 Straight Six, a real 420bhp 380 lbft and a bloody awesome engine that is unique and has a character no other engine can match,  it also comes with a 5 year 100k warranty, no other engine comes close.

1 July 2013

Being a Tvr purest and having owned all models built since 1991 I can tell you the Sagaris is by far the best ever model by a long way.

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