Autocar is often the bearer of good news, and the really good news recently is that TVR will come roaring back into our lives, and will be built at a Circuit of Wales-based plant. We will have to wait a couple of years, of course, which is a shame, but there are still plenty of old ones available.
That can either fill you with dread or make you super-excited. The simple truth always was that TVRs made terrible new cars and even worse used ones.
I’ll qualify that: the problem was (based on my own research) that the care and repairs were rarely up to standard once the car got an owner or two down the line. It was all a bit like Lotus of old, really, when owners did the R&D and the plastic, electric, own-built engine interface led to inexplicably frequent breakdowns.
A sorted TVR, a garage that actually understood them and an owner prepared to invest in the appropriate ramps and stamps was a recipe for a better life.
The dodgy ownership reputation always helped to keep prices on the softer side. Being plastic-bodied didn’t help matters, either. Mind you, since TVR has been resting, prices have picked up a bit.