Since the announcement of TVR’s demise on Wednesday, I haven’t been able to get them out of my head. Even though they had not produced a car since 2006, nothing offical had been said about their future. Until this week when Nikolai Smolensky(current owner) pulled the plug stating that costs and customer demands are now too high to make the project viable. This news sadden me deeply. I have had a love for TVR ever since I first saw them racing at Brands Hatch when I was 8 years old.
For me this is the death of a truly unique company. From 1981 to 2004 Peter Wheeler (above) owned TVR. It was during these years, under his command they became one of the most mad car companies ever.
You see, TVR built their cars from steel tubing and fiberglass, they were painted in pearlescent paints before anyone knew what that was. They were loud, in both style and sound. A noise produced from in-house Straight-sixs and Rover V8’s. The shapes were classic and at the same time wildly futuristic. They were exquisitely British and eccentric. They didn’t have ABS, ESP, traction control or airbags and when asked why. Wheeler said that safety features generate overconfidence in drivers.
Unfortunately Wheeler passed away in 2009, leaving a great legacy of madness and TVR’s greatest car, the Sagaris. Which I why I was so sad to see TVR’s death, they finally had the formula perfected. It was a functioning psychopath that could be fitted with a straitjacket if it got a bit mental. Yes it had side mounted exhaust pipes and mad gills cut into the bonnet, but that was apart of its appeal.
Now there are a few shells left outside the Blackpool factory waiting to be used, let’s hope are.
Farewell TVR you have been and will be missed by many.
Rest in Peace, Peter Wheeler. Your cars will always put a smile on my face.