TVR is a British auto manufacturer that produces some instantly recognisable and truly mind blowing cars. It has a reputation for high speed, astonishing designs and generally being mental. Both modern day and classic variants all share the same spirit and desire to be the best, and legions of fans have been won as a result.
The brand can trace its origins back to 1947, and the name TVR was actually derived from the name of its founder- Trevor. Using a unique fibreglass shell laid over an endoskeleton, the first production car was released in 1954, the Grantura. This method of construction would be a defining feature and is still used in modern variants.
After several generations of the Grantura, the TVR Trident was released. Powered by the engine from an AC Cobra, only a limited number were made. This was followed up by the 1967 Tuscan which was offered supreme levels of performance.
The company would continue to produce fantastic cars in the shape of the Vixen, M series and 3000. But moving into the 1980s and 1990s, it released the Griffith, a small roadster that packed a massive punch. The Chimaera followed this and was another successful convertible, the design of which would then be used on the Cerbera and legendary Tuscan.
By now the uniqueness of the TVR brand was shining through and was totally different to anything else on the road. Distinctive colours and shapes were the mainstay, and all part of the attraction. The Tuscan Speed Six was a fantastic example of this, and remains one of the most famous cars to this date.
The Tamora, T350 Typhon and Sagaris would follow, each showcasing the ability of the company to think way outside the box and make even the most whimsical of fantasies into real life. Unfortunately however, TVR has had a number of financial and ownership issues in the modern era.
While its road cars are one thing, you only have to look at its selection of race or speciality cars to see what TVR is really capable of. The Tuscan Challenge, Cerbera Speed 12, Tuscan Speed 12 and T400R are all godly to behold and never fail to make jaws drop and eyes wide.
If you’re thinking about buying a TVR, you’d better be prepared for a lot of expense. Even second hand TVR cars aren’t the cheapest around, although they are somewhat more affordable at Motors.co.uk thanks to some hefty price reductions.
More than any other brand of car, TVR stands out from the crowd. Awesome engineering is coupled with undeniable beauty to make some biblically good autos. Be warned however, you’d better have some serious driving skill as driving one is akin to taming a lion!