TVR is an independent British car manufacturer with the headquarters in Guildford, Surrey. It produces lightweight sports cars and was once one of the largest specialized sports cars manufacturers in the world. more
TVR was created in 1946 by engineer Trevor Wilkinson and was called “Trevcar Motors”. In the beginning, the company did general engineering work. In 1949, it built its own chassis for TVR Number One model. The same year, the company was renamed to TVR Engineering. In 1958, the production of famous Grantura model started. In 1963, Griffith model was presented.
In 1965, Arthur Lilley and his son Martin Lilley became new owners of the company. They increased the amount of produced cars. Grantura and Griffith models were replaced by Vixen and Tuscan. In 1972, the production of series “M” cars was announced, which became a calling card of the brand in 1970s.
In 1982, the management of the company changed after Peter Wheeler bought it. During the Wheeler ownership, the brand produced a number of cars, including the Chimaera, Griffith, Cerbera, Tuscan, Tamora, T350, Typhon and Sagaris. That made it one of the most popular automakers in the country.
In 2004, TVR was bought by Russian businessman Nikolay Smolensky. By 2006, the demand for cars fell and many employees were fired. In 2013, the company was sold to Syndicate of British Businessmen led by Les Edgar. In 2014, TVR Parts Ltd was created to sell Genuine Parts worldwide. In 2015, the company announced about developing of a new model, based on Ford Coyote 5.0L V8 engine.
An interesting fact is that TVR Tuscan was driven by John Travolta in “Swordfish” movie while this car was very rare in the US.