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TVR Reviews

TVR grew out of Trevcar Motors, run by young engineer Trevor Wilkinson, who was persuaded to truncate his idea to badge the cars ‘Trevors.’ The first was sold in 1949, and the firm soon settled on the glass fibre body over steel frame that would form the structure of all TVRs. After several changes of management Wilkinson left in 1962.

Martin Lilley bought the company in 1965 and revitalised it. However, its Tasmin ‘wedge’ range strained finances and in 1981 the company was sold to Peter Wheeler, who turned TVR into a serious car maker, even producing its own engines. He sold out to Nikolay Smolensky in 2004, who struggled and stopped production two years later.

Good: TVR history starts here, MGB-engined cars are a hoot to drive - if you can fit
Bad: The earliest Ford Popular engined cars are best avoided (if you could find one, that is), build quality is down to the owner
Good: Longer wheelbase meant more interior room, wider range of engines, quick and economical with Cortina GT engine
Bad: Still rather uncomfortable
Good: V8s effortless quick, and better developed than the Griffth, choice of engines, improved cabin and build quality
Bad: Hard to find, and still tricky on the limit
Good: Fun, relatively affordable, fixed with a large number of off-thhe-shelf parts, great club and specialist back-up
Bad: Chassis rot, and not the greatest build quality
Good: Rorty wind-in-the-hair motoring
Bad: Questionable quality, lack of wind-up side-windows
Good: V8 models frighteningly quick, V6 models smooth and effortless, all good fun.
Bad: Styling can be off-putting, wet weather handling on more powerful cars can be scary, reliability, cooling problems, body and paint finish not good, four-cylinder 200 model is not worth the bother.
Good: Back to basics TVR good fun with the hood down, cheap and agreeably fast, with good parts supply with excellent club back-up
Bad: The usual TVR reliability and quality foibles
Good: Retro good looks combined with easy V8 performance makes for a very appealing package, far cheaper than an early Griffith
Bad: Cooling and electrical problems, some quality issues
Good: They look, go, handle and sound just like a macho sports car should, later ones are well built and reliable.
Bad: They don't suffer fools gladly, intentionally noisy, raw and firmly sprung so don't expect gentle refinements, fettling and repairs may be required.