An odd name for an even odder-looking car, but the Grantura set the template to which TVR subscribed until its last days: simple chassis, short wheelbase, front engine, rear drive, glassfibre body panels and somewhat sub-Porsche construction standards. Early Granturas allowed owners to choose which engine to slot under the bonnet, but later cars were increasingly MG-powered. Surprisingly fast thanks to their extreme light weight, good fun and less scary to drive than they look, Granturas make excellent recreational road cars and even quite competitive historic racers. Pay from £30,000.
Too many to mention by name individually, cars such as the 2500M, 3000M and Taimar provided TVR with a new direction and added a much-needed dash of practicality to the TVR product offering. The cars were better built and more spacious and civilised than any that had gone before, yet with very little deterioration in driver appeal. The series was notable for the introduction of the Taimar Turbo in 1976. Britain’s first production turbocharged car offered a 230bhp hit from its 3.0-litre V6 and a top speed of more than 140mph. Pay from £4500.
The Tam-what? Despite being one of the later TVRs, the Tamora is also one of the more obscure. Designed as a more affordable and – whisper it – sensible alternative to the Tuscan, it still featured a 360bhp version of TVR’s own straight six engine in a car weighing less than a diesel Ford Fiesta. Engine issues aside, its biggest problem was that it looked odd. It was okay from the front but positively weird at the back, representing a rare off day for TVR’s designers. On the road, it was perhaps the nicest of all the later TVRs to drive, thanks to almost sensible suspension and a power output somewhere close to the capabilities of the chassis. Pay from £19,000.
Brave for those who bought one, braver still for TVR, which decided that what it needed most in order to establish credibility in the marketplace was to abandon the strong, powerful, sweetsounding Rover V8s, which had provided such splendid service for so long, in favour of a new V8 designed exclusively for TVR by the somewhat eccentric Al Melling. The new engine, dubbed AJP8, was as long on power as it was short on manners. It was an engine designed according to racing principles, and while it provided the Cerbera with outstanding performance in both 4.2 and 4.5-litre guises, it is at least arguable whether it was a more suitable motor for a road car than the Rover unit. Construction issues aside, the rest of the Cerbera was great. Pay from £16,000.