TVR. The abbreviation for 'Tevree? ”

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The now deceased editor of a defunct motorcycle magazine had one: a TVR. That was a while ago. At that time, a TVR was just an old, rare and therefore not very sought-after sports car. The editor had a love / hate relationship with the red cabriolet. His colleagues teased him about it.

But not only that editor of that motorcycle magazine sometimes had a hard time with his car

The brand, which was founded in 1954, had a hard time almost structurally. There were constant financial problems and a series of bankruptcies and changing brand owners. Despite that more than messy past, the company still exists after an impressive series of near-death experiences.

The beginning

It was 1946 when Trevor Wilkinson made his first car. He then founded TVR (van TreVoR) cars. The next step was to develop - of course - sports cars with parts of the widely available Austin A40 gear. For tax reasons, he sold his first creations - there were no more than a handful - as a kit without an engine. The next step was the construction of no fewer than six open cars. And in 1957 the serial production of the TVR Grantura Coupé began, which only then became the 'Mk1'. The Grantura was a small open two-seater with a fiberglass-reinforced polyester body. Polyester was then 'hot'. It was first and foremost highly modern. But the biggest advantage was that bodywork could be made with little effort and without expensive press molds.

The fact that quite a few free glass fibers were released during the processing was not weighed so seriously in terms of health aspects at that time. Just as little as smoking while working. It was not at a TVR, but once we found an laminated butt in the trunk of a polyester body. When motorizing the Grantura, the buyer had a choice of different power sources. There was a choice between the normal Ford Anglia blocks and the considerably more potent Coventry Climax engines. The Grantura Mk2 had catty little tail fins. Most MK2s found their way with MGA four-cylinder engines and the cars were very popular in the States. In 1962, Wilkinson stepped out of the case. And immediately afterwards the company ran into difficulties and the first bankruptcy fell.

The new owners treated the Grantura as MK3 to a new chassis and an MGB engine. For the American Jack Griffith, TVR made a chassis that fitted an American V8. Such a block was used in America and the TVR Griffith fought exemplary during a lot of races.

Overpriced prototypes

In the run-up to the Brexit, TVR had a few prototypes built in Italy for what would become the TVR Trident. The costs were so high that another bankruptcy had to be applied for. In September 1965, however, a new start was made under the inspiring leadership of Martin Lilley. That's why there was a whole new TVR in 1967 at the Racing Car Show in London. The Tuscan was equipped with a thick 270 hp strong V8 and was seriously intended to conquer the American market. For the European clientele, the Tuscan was equipped with a V6 from Ford. 1967 was also the birth year of the TVR Vixen. It had the same long wheelbase as the Tuscan, but was powered by a Cortina or MG four-cylinder. At the end of 1971, TVR released the 'M' series. That series had a new chassis, a new body and a wide range of engines to choose from. In 1975, the London Motor Show was teeming with photographers for the TVR Taimar.

The history

The Grantura was made between 1958/1967. The Griffith was in production between 1963/1965. 1969 Tuscans were made between 1971/175. The TVR ´M´s series was a sales topper between 1700/1972 with a production of approximately 1981. Nearly 1975 of the TVR Taimar were made between 1979/400.

Things went weird in the States with M series. In mid 1979 the new American importer brought such an 20 3000 S TVR to America. However, those cars did not meet the environmental requirements. The idea of ​​keeping that still didn't work. And the cars were not allowed to be sold. They were stored outside, neglected and vandalized. In the end, many of those cars returned to the old world, to Germany where they now had a host of enthusiasts.

The 3000S 'convertible' on the photos is an 1981 person from the series as it was made from 1978

Following the recollection of the story about the former motorcycle magazine editor, we ended up on our search at ER Classics in Waalwijk. We also talked about the negotiating options when buying convertibles while the fall has already begun and the winter is really coming.

The car has been restored to a level that is higher than it used to be in production, has an 2993 cc six-cylinder engine and has a five-speed engine. The differences with the previous model were only cosmetic. In 1987 the model was modified a little for the TVR S series.

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