TVR was heavily involved in motorsport for a long time, this Tuscan was sponsored by lubricants giant Carlube
This Tuscan raced in the 2005 Le Mans Endurance Series in Germany
A Tuscan R making good progress at the 2001 British GT Championship at Croft
Racing from TVR included this win in the Fred W Dixon Challenge Trophy
The Tasmin, or 280i, was built by TVR between 1980 and 1988
The Tasmin was the first production car to have a bonded windscreen
Cerbera is cited as being one of the models that will inspire the new TVR range
The Cerbera was manufactured between 1996 and 2003
The Chimera used the same backbone chassis as the Griffith and employed a Rover V8 engine
The Grantura was TVR's first model, with production starting in 1958
The coupés were hand-built at the TVR factory in Blackpool
Later models of the TVR Griffith were referred to as the Griffith 500
The TVR S series was announced at the 1986 NEC Motor show
The Sagaris made its debut at the MPH motor show in 2003
In 2005 the production model was released for sale
As with most modern TVRs, the Sagaris ignored EU rules on ABS and airbags
Minor changes to the car were revealed in 2008
TVR manufactured its own engine, the TVR Speed Six
The engine was developed by independent engineer Al Melling
It was used in several TVRs including the Tuscan, Cerbera and Tamora
The key design on the engine was an all alloy block and head with twin-cam, 24-valve actuation
The T350 was manufactured between 2002 and 2006
The T350 was available in both Cope and Targa versions
The TVR Taimer was part of the M series of models
The Tamora was built from 2002-2006 as a replacement for the Chimera and Griffith
It was priced at £43,460, making it the entry-level model in TVR's range
It also provided the base for the T350 coupé
Perhaps the best known of TVR models, the Tuscan, was first introduced in 1967...
...it was followed by the Speed 6, introduced in 1999
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.