All the TVR Models Ever Produced
When you think of a British sports car, there’s a good chance TVR is not among the first names to come to mind. Despite the brand being founded back in 1946, it has had a rough past, even exchanging ownership a couple of times. While the brand is still recovering from its turbulent past, it has given us some of the most distinctive and visceral, lightweight, British sports cars. Here’s an overview of all TVR models, produced so far.
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Those looking to import a car into the US are probably familiar with the 25-year rule, according to which, a car that wasn’t originally sold on the US market needs to be 25 years or older, in order for it to be legally imported and driven. To be more precise, the VIN number of the vehicles needs to be 25 years old, so if a car was produced in September 1997, you will need to wait until September 2022, in order to legally import it. With this in mind, here are 10 awesome cars that will be eligible for import, in 2022.
The TVR Griffith Might Just Happen After All
Announced with great celebrations at Goodwood Revival back in 2017, the same year TVR celebrated its 70th birthday, the reborn Griffith sports car gradually fell into a cone of shadow after a series of delays and it got to a point where it completely went off radar for the past two years.
Put in front of this sizzle and no steak situation, we, just like you, thought the project was dumped. Apparently, that is not the case as a new loan keeps TVR on track to delivering the second-gen Griffith.
Own A Piece Of British Le Mans History With This TVR T400R
TVR is known as one of those wacky British manufacturers that, bolstered by a feverish can-do attitude, has been putting out stupendous sports cars for decades. Most of the TVRs that’ve come out since the ’90s are weird, somewhat unreliable, impractical, and that’s why we love them. We love the Tuscan, the Cerbera, the T350, the Chimaera, and the Sagaris all the same and today we’re focusing on the one that last raced at Le Mans, the Tuscan or, as it was called in its latter years, the T440.
As a small manufacturer, TVR never could hope to pump out dozens and dozens of race cars like Porsche and, as such, only six Tuscan-based GT cars were ever made and the first chassis, number 1227, debuted way back in 2001 and had a long and storied career with a final appearance at Le Mans in ’05 followed by a full European Le Mans Series season in ’06. And now you can buy it from the man who’s had it since it was brand-spanking-new.
A Company Known as Grex Is Now Selling the TVR Sagaris As a Kit Car
If you aren’t privy to the British insanity that is TVR, I’ll be happy to inform you. Founded in 1946 in Blackpool, TVR is an independent boutique sports car manufacturer known for creating aggressive, driver-centric RWD sports machines with a penchant for ass-out antics. TVR’s are simple, brutal machines, devoid of any assists or driver aids whatsoever, maximizing driver engagement at all costs. ABS? Learn to threshold brake. Traction control? It’s called your right foot. Air bags? Well, just don’t crash. These things are utterly mad, but unfortunately, we here in the U.S. never got a crack at ‘em. Until now.
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TVR Returns To Racing After More than a Decade
Revived by British businessman Les Edgar after decades of struggle, TVR launched in 2017 its first brand-new vehicle in 13 years. Given the company’s current condition, the second-generation Griffith will remain its sole model for a while, but TVR isn’t wasting time and is expanding its presence by returning to endurance motorsport. In an announcement made earlier this week, TVR revealed that it has teamed up with Rebellion Racing for the 2018-2019 super season of the FIA World Endurance Championship. TVR will compete in the LMP1 category, alongside five other teams, including Toyota Gazoo Racing. Rebellion Racing TVR will make its track debut during the WEC Prologue event at Circuit Paul Ricard on 6 April, marking the company’s return to motorsport for the first time in more than a decade.
TVR Teases New Le Mans Challenger; Debut On April 5
British sports car maker TVR is gearing up to offer a brand-new lineup of street machines by next year, and to coincide with the release, the company is also looking to step back into the world of motorsport with some fresh competition at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The brand teased its new endurance challenger in a recent social media post depicting a heavily pixelated image of the forthcoming racer.
TVR head honcho Les Edgar has said in the past that the company will view Le Mans as “front and center” in terms of priorities, and given the company’s return to the limelight, a venue like the Circuit de la Sarthe seems like a fantastic choice for TVR to make its grand reentrance.
TVR last ran at Le Mans 13 years ago in 2005, represented by the Tuscan R. The company is currently in the process of creating a new Griffith street car, which is due out by the end of the year.
There are currently no official details on the new Le Mans racer as of yet, but it looks as though TVR will compete in the LMP1 class running a Rebellion R13. What’s more, there’s speculation that Gordon Murray, a British designer best known for his work in Formula One and the legendary McLaren F1 road machine, will have a hand in the creation of the new TVR racer. Murray also had a hand in the new Griffith.
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TVR Gets Huge Investment From An Unlikely Source
The Welsh government has investing £500,000 ($690,000) to TVR, acquiring a three-percent stake in the British automaker. The government is also sending a £2 million loan to the company and purchased the Ebbw Vale production facility where TVR plan to produce its current and future models, including the recently launched Griffith sports coupé.
Les Edgar Is Pleased Enough With The TVR Griffith To Drop Some Expletives
As an employee, there’s no better feeling in the world than seeing your boss crack a smile or pat you on the back, recognizing you for a job well done. The team behind TVR and the just-launched Griffith sports car may not have been in the vicinity of CEO Les Edgar when he took the sports car out for a spin, but judging by his reaction in driving the sports car, I’d say he approves enough of how the Griffith turned out. He threw expletives left and right out of sheer excitement.
Such was his reaction when he was captured behind the wheel of the Griffith shortly after the sports car made its debut at the Goodwood Revival a few weeks ago. I don’t know the circumstances behind him driving the Griffith, but I do know that when he tickled the gas pedal and summoned the car’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine to come to life, the 500-horsepower more than obliged, eliciting a hearty curse word and a somewhat shocked look on the face of Edgar. The TVR boss’ excitement didn’t end there either as Edgar let out and dropped an excited F-bomb as he and his companion were making their way back to the Gordon Murray Design office.
It certainly looks like Edgar had a good time experiencing the Griffith in all its glory, and why wouldn’t he? By all accounts, the Griffith looks to be, at the very least, a proper sports car. It has a hearty V-8 engine that packs 500 horsepower, all of which goes to the rear wheels courtesy of a purist-loving six-speed manual transmission. No wonder Edgar had a look of surprise on his face when he floored the sports car. He probably didn’t expect it to be as good as it turned out. We’d be cursing with excitement, too, if we were in his position.
2018 TVR Griffith
Well, Folks, the day is here. TVR has shocked the world by debuting the new TVR Griffith at the Goodwood Revival. One of the most anticipated cars of the year, the Griffith has a lot to live up to, but luckily the team responsible for this piece of rolling artwork has managed to deliver a car that resides well above our expectations and should send marques like Aston Martin and Jaguar running for the hills. Featuring a look that reminds me of an FD-gen Mazda RX-7 on steroids, the Griffith features a stunning design, a 50:50 weight distribution, a Cosworth-enhanced V-8 that’s good for at least 400 ponies, and a Magnum XL gearbox that can handle as much as 700 pound-feet of torque. It’s beautiful iStream architecture provided by none other than Gordan Murray, paired with that beautiful carbon composite body means we’re talking about a car that isn’t only exceptionally light but exceptionally strong as well and could very well push TVR beyond being the brand it once was as it steps into the ring with the big boys for the first time in nearly two decades.
The car was presented for the very first time in Launched Edition spec, a model that will go for £90,000 or about $119,000 a current exchange rates. It boasts a full leather interior to go with custom wheels, a special paint selection, and a bespoke infotainment system. A good number of these have likely already been spoken for so if you’re hoping to get one of the first models that rolls off the line, you might want to get with TVR quickly as once they are spoken for, that’s it. Production is slated to start sometime in late 2018 with a total of 500 Launch Edition models on the bill. After that, you’ll be stuck with the standard production model, which will likely go for a bit more once in production and ready to hit the streets. So, with that in mind, we should start seeing the Griffith on the street in the next couple of years, so let’s talk more about this stunning masterpiece and see just what it brings to the table.
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The TVR T37 Sports Car Will Get A Manual Transmission, Or So This Teaser Shows
It’s been almost 20 years since TVR launched a sports car. Think about how long that’s been. A generation’s worth of gearheads know TVR as nothing but a fragment of days gone by, not realizing that one point in time, it was the creator of some of the most exciting British sports cars to hit the streets. Since the launch of the Tuscan in 1999, TVR has trudged through the mud of mediocrity, collapsing into administration in 2006 through numerous ownership changes. Fast forward to this year and things are finally looking up for TVR as it’s on course to present its first production sports car in 18 years. The car still doesn’t have an official name (it’s codenamed “T37”), but if recent teaser photos are any indication, the name can come later. What’s important is the car is set to make its debut at the Goodwood Revival this coming September.
TVR has released a number of revealing information about the car, but in true automotive fashion, it’s kept most of the details under wraps, opting to release a handful of teasers of the model, including this one featuring the sports car’s manual transmission. It’s admittedly not much to go by in the way of deciphering the car’s design, but the revelation of it coming with a manual transmission means that customers will have to make good use of their driving skills if they hope to drive the car up to its full potential.
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TVR to unveil its new sports car at Goodwood Revival
Recently revived, British sports car firm TVR has confirmed that its first vehicle in almost two decades will be unveiled at the 2017 Goodwood Revival in September. Developed under codename T37, in conjunction with Gordon Murray Design, TVR’s first new design since 1999 promises tremendous performance and a pure British design. TVR will become the first manufacturer to globally launch a new vehicle at the Goodwood Revival.
Not a lot is known about the T37 at this point, but TVR said the coupe will tip the scales at only 1,200 kg (2,645 pounds) and hit 60 mph in "less than four seconds." Its top speed is estimated at 200 mph, a mark that very few supercars can reach. The sports car will also get its juice from a custom-made, 5.0-liter V-8 developed by Cosworth. With a power-to-weight ratio of 400 horsepower per tonne, the TVR should come with almost 500 horses on tap.
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