TVR, United Kingdom

TVR, United Kingdom




Walliswood, Surrey


TVR is a British vehicle manufacturer automobile company Ltd established in 1947, the company headquartered is located in Walliswood, Surrey. The company produced lightweight sports cars with powerful engines and was, at one time, the third-largest special purpose sports car manufacturer in the world, presenting a different range of coupes and convertibles. The company is organizing and planning to bring a range of new cars to market from 2017 with partners Gordon Murray and Cosworth.



The summarization of the name TVR come from the name of the company's owner Trevor Wilkinson, his first garage was sporting the letters T V and R. The history of TVR can be divided into several eras, each of which is related with the company's owner at the start of that period:

  • 1947 to 1965, creator Trevor Wilkinson, who left since 1962
  • 1965 to 1981, Martin Lilley
  • 1981 to 2004, Peter Wheeler
  • 2004–2013, Nikolay Smolensky
  • 2013  to present, syndicate of British businessmen led by Les Edgar


Wilkinson period


Trevor Wilkinson (14 May 1923–6 June 2008) was born in Blackpool and he left school at 14 to start an engineering apprenticeship at a local garage, he bought an old wheelwright's workshop in Beverley Grove since 1946, Blackpool, to start an engineering business that he named Trevcar Motors. In starting the company performed general engineering work and cars and truck service.


Wheeler ownership

The ownership of under Peter Wheeler present in 1980s, a chemical engineer who had specialized in producing elements for the oil industry and TVR high spirited, TVR stimulated from naturally aspirated and turbocharged V6s back to large V8s, namely the Rover V8. In time, capacity grew from 3.5 to 5L. TVR sourced a 5.0L Holden V8 through Tom Walkinshaw at Holden Special Vehicles in 1988. The engine was installed in the TVR White Elephant, a model car create for Wheeler by John Ravenscroft.

The Holden powered TVR White Elephant was later infringing by the Rover V8 powered Griffith prototype. With the TVR S Series, Wheeler started by re-introducing the traditional design elements from the M-series. This became a huge success for the company, and he followed up by introducing a number of new and bold body designs including the Chimaera, Griffith, Cerbera, Tuscan, Tamora, T350, Typhon and Sagaris.


Smolensky ownership

Nikolay Smolensky purchased the company from Wheeler, for a rumoured £15 million in July 2004. In spite of his Russian nationality, Smolensky said he intended TVR to stay with British company. In April 2006, answered to lessening demand and with production rumoured to have fall down from 12 cars a week to 3 or 4, TVR remove some of its 300 staff. In October 2006 Smolensky introduced that body production and final assembly for TVR would move to Turin with only engine manufacturing remaining in the UK. By December 2006, it swell that Smolensky had split TVR into a number of different companies.

The German manufacturer Gullwing, an expert German firm which held a minority share in TVR in June 2010, said they would start producing a new car from September 2010. Boss Juergen Mohr said "Having been a TVR owner, I think this will be the best TVR ever." He also confirmed the company was planning new models, perhaps with alternative drive trains. "I can imagine everything, even electric-powered cars," Mohr said.


Current ownership

It was reported on 6th June 2013, that Nikolay Smolensky had sold his complete ownership of TVR to TVR Automotive Ltd, a UK company led by Les Edgar & John Chasey. On 3 June 2015 it was released that establishment of the new car had been underway for more than a year with partners Gordon Murray and Cosworth that would be appeared in 2017 followed by additional models as part of a 10-year plan.

The new car boasts an extraordinary specification, front engined, rear wheel drive, usually aspirated Cosworth V8 mated to a manual transmission that caused it to be illustrated as “God’s own sports car”. The Codenamed T37 the entire specification is yet to be issued but deposits are by now taken for delivery in 2017. Additional details of the engine were released on 7 October 2015 as being based on the Ford Coyote 5.0L V8 with alterations by Cosworth including lighter flywheel, dry sump and unique engine administration to generate from 450 to beyond 500 bhp depending on the variant.



Model list

Trevor Wilkinson Era

  • Jomar (1956 to 1959)
  • TVR Grantura I (1958 to 1960)
  • TVR Grantura IIa ( 1961 to 1962)
  • TVR Grantura 1800S (1964 to 1966)
  • TVR Griffith 400 (1964 to 1967)


Martin Lilley Era

  • TVR Grantura IV 1800S (1966 to 1967)
  • TVR Vixen 2500 (1971 to 1972)
  • TVR 2500M (1972 to 1977)
  • TVR 3000S Turbo (1978 to 1979)
  • TVR Tasmin 280i (1980 to 1984)


Speciality/Racing Cars

  • TVR Cerbera Speed 12 (1997)
  • TVR Tuscan Challenge (1989)
  • TVR T400R/Tuscan R GT (2001 to 2005)


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