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Recent developments have suggested that TVR could be back, after the former owner Nikolai Smolenski told Autocar that the rights for TVR's parts and designs had been sold to a UK interest.

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.

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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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Steve Cropley

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Steve Cropley is the oldest of Autocar’s editorial team, or the most experienced if you want to be polite about it. He joined over 30 years ago, and has driven many cars and interviewed many people in half a century in the business. 

Cropley, who regards himself as the magazine’s “long stop”, has seen many changes since Autocar was a print-only affair, but claims that in such a fast moving environment he has little appetite for looking back. 

He has been surprised and delighted by the generous reception afforded the My Week In Cars podcast he makes with long suffering colleague Matt Prior, and calls it the most enjoyable part of his working week.

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IAD 10 June 2013

Can anyone tell me the going

Can anyone tell me the going rate of a Tamora is?

Frightmare Bob 7 June 2013

The Sagaris....

may have been fun to drive but, the body design is one if the worst I have ever seen. It looks a total mess with more holes than a Tetley teabag.

norwichphoto 7 June 2013

Caption for photo 4 is also

Caption for photo 4 is also wrong, the car OUU4F is actually a TVR Griffith, not a Grantura, this car was owned by my father at the time of the original Autocar article by David Vivien, and later used by BBC for their Top Gear TVR special 'Blackpool Rock' where Tiff did some laps of Snetterton (including spinning it)