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1950


Grantura
TVR Grantura   (1958)

The TVR story began in 1949 when a young engineer, Trevor Wilkinson, built the first TVR with its own chassis and a Ford engine. However, it took nearly 10 years for the company to be well known, and that was achieved by the Grantura, a short wheelbase sports car sold in kit car form and accepted various engines and running gears. The chassis was a tubular spaceframe, covered by a glass fiber body like Lotus.


1960


Grantura
TVR Grantura   (1960)

However, it was the ’63 Griffith that established the principle for today’s TVR - a powerful engine and lightening performance. It was fundamentally a Grantura with a Ford V8 which had been using in GT-40 and the Mustang Shelby. 271hp pushing the lightweight body gave it a performance nearly matching the mighty AC Cobra.

After a series of bankruptcies and change hands, TVR was stablised in the hands of Lilleys. The Grantura and Griffith were evolved into Tuscan.


1970


Vixen
TVR Vixen S3  (1970)

In the 70’s, the Grantura-based models were eventually replaced by a new one, M series, whose Lotus-inspired tubular backbone chassis still serves today’s TVRs. Again, various engines could be fitted, such as Ford V6, Triumph’s straight six and even a turbocharged version of the Ford V6.


1980


Tasmin
TVR Tasmin ,350 I  (1980)

The current boss, Peter Wheeler, took over TVR in 1982. That decade saw a new series of V8 cars, starting from 350i, then 390i, 420 SEAC and 450 SEAC. An ex-Lotus designer created a wedge-shaped body like the contemporary Lotus Elite and Eclat. The V8 came from Rover but modified or enlarged by TVR itself. The top model’s 4.5-litre unit output 324hp and was faster than a 911 turbo. Later, a smaller model, S, was born.


1990


Griffith
TVR Griffith   (1991)

The 2-car line up was replaced by a trio in the 90’s. First came the new Griffith, with a stylish smooth body and Rover V8. A more civilised variant, Chimaera, was added soon, then followed by a much modified derivative called Cerbera. The Cerbera has stronger chassis and better handling, also the first TVR engine - a high-revving AJP-V8 designed by engine expert Al Melling. A 24-valve straight six was added in 1998. Based on the Speed Six, a 800hp 7.7-litre V12 appeared in 1999.



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