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A Brief History

Trevor Wilkinson was the founder of TVR in 1947, taking alternate letters from his first name to spell out the company title. His first car came soon after in 1949, but it was another 10 years before true series production began with the Grantura Mk I.

Fortunes looked good as sales began in the USA, but just as the first V8's were coming out in the original Griffith, finances plunged and TVR went bust in 1962, the Lilley brothers taking over the company soon after. The company even survived a factory fire in 1975 and even went on to produce their first supercar the turbocharged 3000M later that same year.

Peter Wheeler took over in 1982, the era which saw the wedge styled 350 and 420 powerhouses spearheading the model lineup, but this was just a precursor to a whole new era for TVR beginning with the stunning 1993 Griffith.

Demand was huge and led to a succession of ever more powerful models. The Cebera, with TVR's first self-built engine then arrived, followed by the Tuscan, T350 and Tamora models. TVR even fused together two of their V6's to produce the insane Cerbera Speed 12. With 900bhp/ton, even the chairman admitted it was undrivable on the public road.

Poor reliability is a criticism often levelled at TVR. Russian millionaire and new TVR owner Nikolai Smolenski vowed to rid the company of this stigma with a new regime of strict quality control. Unfortunately it was not to be. TVR went into administration in 2007 spelling the end of a famous british marque.



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Tamora
 

Typhon

Tuscan S

T350C

Tuscan II
 

Sagaris

 


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Models 
Taimar Turbo (76-79) 
450 SEAC (86-93) 
Griffith (92-01) 
Chimaera (93-03) 
Cerbera (96-04) 
Tuscan (00-05) 
Cerbera Speed 12 (2000) 
Tamora (01-07) 
Typhon (02-07) 
Tuscan S (02-05) 
T350 (02-07) 
Tuscan II (05-07) 
Sagaris (05-07) 
Concepts 
Track Only 
Stats 
Largest Engine 
Cerbera Speed 12 (7730 cc) 
Most Powerful 
Cerbera Speed 12 (880 bhp) 
Best Power to Weight 
Cerbera Speed 12 (917 bhp/ton) 
Fastest Speed 
Cerbera Speed 12 (240 mph) 
Best 0-60mph 
Cerbera Speed 12 (3.0 sec) 
Most Expensive 
Cerbera Speed 12 (£150000) 
Cheapest 
Chimaera (£10000) 
Highest Rating 
Chimaera (#406 with 69%) 
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