Trevor Wilkinson & TVR


The Contemporaries Series

Trevor Wilkinson [1923-2009] & TVR: A charismatic marque which has survived?


The Contemporaries Series has been written to achieve the following objectives: –

  • To compare and contrast the designs, products and achievements of Colin Chapman/Lotus with their, rivals, contemporaries, peers and competitors
  • To benchmark achievement by a series of consistent criteria
  • To extract from the comparisons an objective assessment
  • To counterpoise some specific models against each other
  • To examine the nature, culture and economic viability of the British specialist sports car market.

The British specialist car market has been extremely vulnerable to economic downturn and its history is littered with casualties .Those that have survived are worthy of examination.

Please note the editors have striven to achieve objectivity and consistency of comparison throughout however it will be appreciated with many conflicting sources, references and specifications this is not an easy task and some inaccuracies may occur. We are happy to correct these presented with reliable alternatives,

This piece was intended to provide a thorough comparison like others in our series. During preparation priorities changed and background reading regarding the British specialist car industry and this seemed to offer a prism to explore both Lotus, TVR and the future of this important sector.

This article is therefore essentially:-

  • An outline of Trevor Wilkinson his brand and a brief comparison with Lotus
  • The Learning Opportunities provides a prompting to explore, and project the future of the British Specialist car market

Subscribers might like to see the directly relevant and integrated A&R pieces that complement and help structure this article:-

  • Morgan
  • Marcos
  • Ford and Austin Specials
  • Price Relatively
  • Chevron


A comparison between Trevor Wilkinson and Colin Chapman is revealing as they shared some basic similarities but Chapman pushed through to a professionalism and international renown whereas Trevor Wilkinson withdrew as Lotus matured.

Both marques/ owners shared these in common: –

  • Both had modest parental background
  • Both started after the Second World war in humble premises
  • Wilkinson and Chapman were practical
  • They adopted the kit car concept and used proprietary engines
  • Their cars were distinctive
  • Both exported to America quite early on in their life
  • Both experienced financial problems
  • Both could drive at greatly varying degrees , Wilkinson mainly entering hill climbs
  • Both used a form of light tubular frame
  • Both had significant cars that garnered a disproportionate reputation in TVR case the Griffith
  • Both possibly made engineering inventions or patents
  • Both men had ambition as entrepreneurs to create their own marque at opposed positions in market place
  • Oliver Winterbottom designed for both marques and the aesthetic overlap is evident

Trevor Wilkinson

  • A peer of Colin Chapman, he was born in 1923
  • Became an apprentice in 1937 at age of 14
  • By 1946 he had established Trevcar Engineering in Blackpool
  • He was minor inventor with arcade games amongst others to his credit
  • Built a AlvisSpecial
  • 1949 constructed a cigar/ torpedo bodied sports car along general lines of the Mk VI*
  • Progressed to chassis with RGS body shell
  • Followed by cars with 2 Microplas bonnets back & front
  • A TVR was displayed at the 1958 New York Motor Show
  • TVR were sometimes launched at the Racing car Show
  • TVR’s were exported to America and The Griffith was fitted with Ford V8
  • TVR suffered considerable financial and production issues through 1960’s and soon after Trevor left

*this car is interesting in that it appears to have a space frame chassis? Whereas Buckler used quite substantial tube, magazine pictures of this open two seater seems to have smaller diameter?

TVR Personalities

  • Bernard Williams
  • Henry Moulds
  • Bunty Scott-Moncrieff
  • David Hoskins
  • Jack Griffiths
  • Martin Lilley
  • Oliver Winterbottom
  • Peter Wheeler
  • Les Edgar
  • Nikolai Smolensk
  • John Turner
  • Trevor Fiore
  • Jack Pritchard
  • Ray Saidel

Figure 1. Editors sketch working drawing of the early TVR

Figure 2. Editor’s photographs

TVR Grantura MkII [MGA] and Mk.III [MGB]

Figure 3. As above

Haynes commented:

The GT body encloses two bucket seats, separated by the propeller shaft tunnel, which makes a very convenient arm rest for the passenger, there is ample leg room, though early models ha not enough head room for a taller driver, and the driving position is comfortable. Visibility is good over the sloping bonne and to the rear due in no small part to the wide windscreen and thin windscreen pillars. The doors are lockable ……….

The cockpit layout is good with matching speedometer and tachometer set side by side on either side of the steering wheel column ……….

High speed driving with the wind up windows down produces very little noise by comparison with some other sports cars .for town driving an electric fan can be fitted ,which is controlled from the dashboard and is very effective

For night driving the lights are good and because of their low height are effective in fog. Luggage space is restricted ………….

Fuel consumption is excellent aided in no small measure by the cars good aerodynamic shape ……

The TVR is a very practical sports car that combines good looks, with above average performance and all the amenities associated with a saloon car .it’s one drawback is perhaps its limited luggage space .although the car uses independent suspension all-round the ride is hard and the steering and controls require a degree of effort for such a light vechicle ………

Weakness in Design and Manufacture

The car is easily written off in an accident …….the space frame is not very well triangulated .the exhaust is a continual problem being far too close to the ground .the mechanical components are proven and reliable , and spares easily obtainable from BMC agents………..

In tuned guise the Mk.III TVR is an ideal dual purpose machine capable of being both driven to a circuit at weekends and raced and providing transportation during the week.

Latest in the TVR line , the Mk.III represents yet another step nearer the ultimate GT perfection , easy to drive ,with well-placed controls , and good relaxed driving position , the TVR is a delight to handle and causes many a wistful glance in any company “

Grantuara Mk.II [MG-A engine] Grantuara Mk.III [MG-B engine]
No of Cylinders 4 4
Cubic capacity 1,588 1,798
Bore mm 74.4 80.2
Stroke mm 88.9 89
Valve location ohv ohv
Maximum BHP 78 98
@ rpm 5,600 5,400
Maximum rpm 6,000 6,000
Compression ratio 8.3 to 1 8.9 to 1
no gears [c/r] 4 4
Brakes disc/drums disc/drums
Overall length 11′-9″ 11′-6″
overall height 3′-11″ 4′
overall width 5′-5″ 5′-4″
track front 4′-5″ 4′-4″
track rear 4′-5″ 4′-5″
tyre size 5.60x 15 5.60×15
weight 14 cwt 14.5cwt
rear axle ratio 4.1 to 1 4.1 to 1
speed x1000 rpm 17.7 17.7
fuel tank capacity 9galls 10galls
mpg 28-34 25-30

TVR Grantura Mk.II [MG-A engine] and Mk.III [MG-B engine]

TVR Grantura MK.II TVR Grantura MK.III
M.G.A engine M.G.B engine
Max.Speed mph
Fourth 100 107
Third 85 85
Second 65 50
First 45 30
Max speed x2 runs 100
Acceleration secs
0 to
30 4.1 3.2
40 5.8 4.9
50 9.1 7.2
60 11.9 9.9
70 17 14.1
80 22.1
Fuel consumption Touring 34mpg 30mpg
Hard 28mpg 25mpg


Figure 4. Editor’s photographs noting the continuity of the TVR line

Figure 5. As above


Figure 6. Editors photograph like Lotus, TVR had to source proprietary parts

From the net:-

“The TVR Griffith Series 400 is a 2-door coupe sports car produced by Griffith Motor Company in Plainview, New York ( a Ford Dealer in Plainview/Hicksville NY, Long Island ), between 1964 and 1967. It is the successor to the TVR Griffith 200, featuring improved cooling via a larger radiator with twin electric fans, redesigned rear suspension, and a redesigned rear with better visibility and the round taillights sourced from the Ford Cortina Mark I.

The standard engine in the 400 was the more powerful Ford 289 ‘HiPo’ Windsor engine producing 271 hp that was available in the Series 200 as an option. The 400 weighed a few more pounds than the 200 due mostly to the new Salisbury independent differential that gave it a higher gear ratio providing it with a higher top speed.

Grantura Ltd. of England designed the independent suspension for the TVR automobiles which later became the Griffith 200 and 400. The Griffith 400 had then state-of-the-art unequal wishbone suspension on all four corners and the car weighed significantly less than its contemporary, the AC Cobra, making it a very potent racing car.

As the Series 400 cars were being produced in early 1965, the entire east coast of the US was crippled by a prolonged dock strike. This not only caused a disruption in the supply of the series 400 bodies that were being shipped from TVR in Blackpool, UK, it also caused a delay in the shipment of the newer body design of the Series 600. Frank Reisner, whose Intermeccanica body works in Turin, Italy, was building the new steel bodied Griffith, was also unable to have the bodies shipped. Jack Griffith attempted to bring his car to the public by having these bodies airlifted across the Atlantic.

With only 59 copies of the 400 and 10 600s off the assembly line at the Griffith factory in Plainview, Long Island, N.Y, USA, the company was dissolved.

Specifications [edit] Engine capacity: 4,722cc/289 cid V8

  • Power: 271 bhp (202 kW; 275 PS)
  • Top speed: Approximately 155 mph (249 km/h)
  • Transmission: 4-speed manual gearbox, rear-wheel drive”

Figure 7. Editors sketch working drawing of typical TVR Griffith


Figure 8.TVR brochure of the Tuscan from A&R library.

Model Vixen Tuscan SE
Displacement 1,599 cc 4,727 cc
Maximum HP 95.5 SAE 306 SAE
Maximum speed 111mph 175 mph
Wheel base 86″ 90″
Front track 51.5″ 52.5″
Rear track 52.5″ 53.5″
Overall length 141.5″ 146″
Kerb weight 16 cwt. 19.8 cwt.
Body Coupe, 2 seat, 2 door ,f-glass body
Tyres 165 x 15 185 x 15
Fuel capacity 15 gals.
Engine Ford Ford
Cylinders 4 V8
Bore /stroke 81 x 77.6 mm 101.6 x 72.9 mm
Compression ratio 09:01 11:01
Maximum power 95 bhp @ 5,500 rpm 306 bhp @ 6,000 rpm
Carburettors Weber Holley 4 choke
Cooling Water cooled Water cooled
Valves Push rod Push rod
Transmission Rear wheel drive
Clutch /Gearbox Diaphram clutch , 4 speed
Chassis Tubular
Suspension front Independent rectangular wishbones, coil springs tele ‘shocks
Rear suspension Independent rectangular wisbones,ARBar coil springs tele ‘shocks
Steering Rack & pinion
Brakes Disc front/ drums rear


Figure 9.Sales brochure taken from net

TVR aesthetic

  • Cut and shut sliced of Manx, Kamm tail, spoiler/lip
  • Squat & stubby –almost as wide as long
  • Wheel arches & strakes
  • Wire wheels
  • Cortina rear light cluster
  • Vast rear window
  • Vents & bonnet bulges
  • Grill opening and nostrils
  • Stance/presence


“Although short squat and stumpy, the Mk.I’s were attractive from some angles, the shape had never been styled, it had just grown out of convenience and necessity”


Weight is a particular good measure of assessing fuel efficiency. Unfortunately we don’t have comparable cd information for both marques to make reliable and consistent comparisons.

The respective weights provide interesting comparisons; particularly when the same engine / gearbox and rear axle might have been used in both marques.

Year Marque Model Weight lbs./ cwt
1948 Lotus Trials Car 1092 lbs.
1951 Lotus Mk.III 815 lbs.
1952 Lotus Mk.VI 952 lbs.
1957 Lotus Seven 924-980
1968 Lotus Seven 1210-1258
1954 Lotus Mk.VIII 1148
1956 Lotus Eleven 1019
1957 Lotus Elite 1484
1962 Lotus Type 23 884
1962 Lotus Elan 1210-1250
1962 Lotus Cortina 1822
1966 Lotus Europa 1350-
1967 Lotus Elan +2 1180-1970
1969 Lotus Seven S iV 1276-1310
1974 Lotus Elite 2240-2550
1975 Lotus Elcat 2450
1976 Lotus Esprit 2218
1982 Lotus Excel 2507
1989 Lotus Elan 2198
1989 Lotus Carlton 3641
1996 Lotus Elise 1518

Lotus & TVR Compared and Contrasted

This is not the easiest of exercises.

Although there might be a slight comparison between the TVR of the 1960’s and the Elan.

Cars might be compared on performance but time has prevented the editors compiling these.

TVR not compete at the same levels as Lotus so benchmarking is not possible here either.

The more recent TVR are obviously very different creatures to the Lotus.

Figure 10. Editors photograph of a TVR competing at a wet hill climb in West Wales

Product Prices

c1952 Lotus Mk.VI £400-500 Estimated / specification
Lotus Eleven £872 £1308 inc pt Ford 1172 sv
Lotus Eleven S2 £1690 pt£811 Le Mans
Lotus Eleven S2 £1490 Nett Club
1959/60 Lotus Seven S 1 £892 Eng’£356 Chassis£499
1959 Lotus Seven S 1 £1036 “F”
1959 Lotus Seven S 1 £1546 “C”
1959 Lotus Seven S 1 £536 Kit form Eng’options
1960 Lotus Seven S 2 £587 Kit form
1961 Lotus Seven S 2 £499 Kit form
1962 Lotus Seven S 2 £868
1962 Lotus Super Seven £681 pt£350 inc cr gears
1962 Lotus Super Seven £599 Kit form without cr
1965 Lotus Super Seven £645 Kit form without extra
1965 Lotus Super Seven £695 pt£173
c 1968 Lotus Seven S 3 £775 Kit form
c 1968 Lotus Seven S 3 £1250 Kit form SS Twin cam
1969 Lotus Seven S 3 £1600 SS
c1970 Lotus Seven S 4 £895 Kit form
c1970 Lotus Seven S 4 £1245 Kit form Twin cam
c1970 Lotus Seven S 4 £1265 Kit form Holbay
c1973 Lotus Seven S IV £1487
1963 Lotus Elite £1451 Kit form Special Equip
c 1963 Lotus Elite £1966 inc-p’tax
1965 Lotus Elan £1187 £249
c1973 Lotus Elan Sprint £2436
1971 Lotus Europa £1595 Kit form Twin cam
1971 Lotus Europa £1715 Twin cam
c1973 Lotus Europa Spec £2436
1983 Lotus Esprit S3 £15380
1997 Lotus Elise £20950 1.8i
2013 Lotus Elise £29050 1.6
2013 Lotus Elise £37205 1.8S
2013 Lotus Evora £53080 3.5 V6
2013 Lotus Evora £62290 3.5 V6S

TVR retail prices

Year Model Kit [£] Complete[£]
1952 Sports Saloon 650
1952 Coupe 1,050
1954 Sports Saloon 1450
1958 Grantura 660 Ford 100E
1960 Grantura 880 1003 MG-A
1961 1543
1965 Trident 1620-1797
c1966 Tuscan 1967 cf Jaguar E type
Tuscan V8 SE 2,364
Tuscan V6 1492 1950
Griffith 2365/2995
1966 1800S 768,800,850 1120-1272
1969 Vixen 1150 1930

Projected Futures

Very briefly; Lotus looks to have a future despite the extremely different times for the specialist car marques & market. They have planned a museum and visitor center at Hethel. The completion may be subject to an economic improvement.

TVR has suffered a series of setbacks. They are proposing to reestablish in South Wales where they would be close to a proposed new race track. The economy and Britexit might impede this move.

TVR & Gordon Murray

Gordon Murray has designed a new generation of TVR. The car has the code of T37 with a proposed Cosworth Ford V8 engine. The editors have seen a suggested price of £90,000.

The car seems well thought through, viable with a distinctive TVR DNA, and we image Murray might have contributed to the production organisation.

We hope that the car might be built in sufficient volume to guarantee TVR survival.


Engine V8, front-mid In line 6 -cylinder, front-mid In line 6 cylinder, front -mid longitudinal
Cylinder Block/Head All alloy ,pushrod, 2 valves per cylinder All alloy dohc, 4 valves per cylinder Aluminium alloy, dry sumped.
Max.power 422 bhp @ 5,400 rpm 406 bhp @ 7500 rpm [ manuf ‘ figures] 365 bhp @ 6800 rpm [claimed]
Max.torque 470 lb ft. @ 4200 rpm 349lb ft. @ 5000 rpm [manuf figures] 315 lb ft. @ 6000 rpm [claimed]
Transmission 6 speed manual rear drive lsd 5 speed manual , rear drive lds 5 speed manual, rear wheel drive lsd
Weight 1170 kg 1079 kg 1100 kg
Power to weight 367 bhp /ton 383 bhp/ton 337 bhp per ton [manuf’ figures]
0-60 mph 4.3 sec 3.7 sec[claimed] 3.8 sec [claimed]
0-100 mph 9.8 sec N/A 8.1 sec [claimed]
Top speed 185 mph [claimed] 186 mph [claimed] 195 mph [claimed]
Basic price £49,995 £49,995 £39,950 [ £45.061 as tested]
Location Front -mid longitudinal
Displacement 5,665 cc 3,996 cc 3996 cc
Cylinder head Alum alloy head dohc 4v per cyl
Fuel & ignition Electronic engine management, sequential multi-point injec’
Front suspension Double wishbone, coil-over gas dampers ,anti-roll bar
Rear suspension Double wishbone, coil-over gas dampers ,anti-roll bar
Brakes Vented discs all round ,322 mm front , 298 mm rear
Wheels 18 in diameter, aluminium alloy
Tyres 255/35 ZR18 front & rear
Year 2005 2005 2005
EVO rating **** ****1/2 ****1/2


Figure 11.TVR Brochure from David Gerald Sports Cars Ltd.

Learning Opportunities

Our learning /educational opportunities are intended to be challenging thought provoking and requiring additional research and/or analysis.

These opportunities are particularly designed for a museum/education centre location where visitors would be able to enjoy access to all the structured resources available in conjunction with any concurrent exhibition.

In this instance we suggest the following might be appropriate:-

  • More recently TVR used their own engines-what was the specification? What were respective advantages Disadvantages?
  • Draw up spread sheet to compare and contrast Trevor Wilkinson with Colin Chapman
  • What has been the motor racing participation of TVR?
  • List European and British specialist car marques that used American V8 engines
  • Devise spreadsheet criteria/data to correlate TVR models ,specifications ,retail price and sales
  • Where does TVR sit in Britain’s specialist car marques?
  • Select five British specialist car marques of the 1950’s what were their products and how did they compete on pricing
  • Analyse the economic geography of Blackpool, how significant an employer were TVR [ consider Caterham Cars as reference]
  • Access Duke DVD and comment on production techniques
  • Using appendix data produce a graph or SWAT ananalyis for British specialist car marques

Exhibitions, Education, Economics and Entertainment

In the museum context the editors believe that commercial considerations are both necessary and complementary with its educational objectives.

For these reasons our suggested outline Business Plan includes provision for promoting products and services which share Chapman’s ideals of mechanical efficiency and sustainability. In addition we propose merchandising that explain and interprets the social and cultural context of Chapman’s designs in period. It’s suggested there will be catalogue for on line purchasing.

In this instance we suggest the following exhibition titles might be appropriate:-

  • TVR & Blackpool :Rock & Roll
  • TVR & Blackpool : Lighting up
  • TVR & Blackpool : Red lights& red lines
  • TVR & Blackpool :Towering Achievement
  • TVR & Blackpool :Towering Inferno
  • TVR & Blackpool :Last Tango


  • Its worth reviewing Chapman and Wilkinson in the overall context of the British specialist car market. With hybrid, electric and cost effective supercars from mainstream manufacturers to project futures
  • Lotus and TVR were products of the post war era and went through similar fluctuations of the economy and demand
  • TVR has competed in club racing and more recently supported a one marque series they have little comparison with Lotus
  • Both marques have been near collapse but have reinvented themselves
  • Of those specialist brands listed below Lotus might have a more secure footing and be more adaptive to a seismic change in the world car market

TVR has been a charismatic brand with heritage, the editors hope it might have the luck and ability to reinvent itself again.

It’s worth noting that TVR does not has a museum and visitor center at their premise at the moment although this might change with their relocation to Wales. They do have an active car club. A museum is a significant heritage and marketing device for the largest quality manufacturers willing to invest, promote their brand, its identity and historical reputation.

Using the comparative analysis that the A&R adopts it’s hoped that the merit of Colin Chapman and Lotus are seen as equally worthy of a museum. As such the investment is intended to:-

  • Promote Car sales and engineering
  • Contribute to national economy through tourism
  • Support and integrate with local economy to support enriched tourism within the experience economy
  • Contribute to the development and education of engineers and entrepreneurs
  • Reduce welfare by increasing education and self-sufficiency and skills
  • Promote the wider cultural dimension of design through engineering

The editors are developing a series of comparative articles that will evaluate Lotus against:-

  • TVR
  • Ginetta
  • Gilbern
  • Elva
  • Chevron
  • Bond
  • Reliant
  • Turner
  • Marcos

Please let us know if you would like other marques to be included and any preference in sequence.

Appendix 1: TVR types

Statistics extracted from Wikipedia .Further clarification and checking may be required from sources given in references below.

Model Production Years Engine Displacement
Trevor Wilkinson Era[20]
Jomar1 1956–1959 Coventry Climax

Ford 100E Side valve

1098 cc

1172 cc

TVR Open Sports / Coupe 1956–1957 Coventry Climax

Ford 100E Side valve

BMC B-Series

1098 cc

1172 cc

1489 cc

TVR Grantura I 1958–1960 Coventry Climax FWA

Coventry Climax FWE

Ford 100E Side valve

BMC B-Series

1098 cc

1216 cc

1172 cc

1489 cc

TVR Grantura II 1960–1961 Coventry Climax FWE

Ford Kent 105E

BMC B-Series

BMC B-Series

1216 cc

997 cc

1489 cc

1588 cc

TVR Grantura IIa 1961–1962 Coventry Climax FWE

Ford Kent 105E

Ford Kent 109E

BMC B-Series

BMC B-Series

1216 cc

997 cc

1340 cc

1588 cc

1622 cc

TVR Grantura III 1962–1963 BMC B-Series 1622 cc
TVR Grantura III 1800 1963–1965 BMC B-Series 1798 cc
TVR Grantura 1800S 1964–1966 BMC B-Series 1798 cc
TVR Trident 1964–1966 Ford Windsor V8 4727 cc
TVR Griffith 2001 1963–1964 Ford Windsor V8 4727 cc
TVR Griffith 4001 1964–1967 Ford Windsor V8 4727 cc
Martin Lilley Era
TVR Grantura IV 1800S 1966–1967 BMC B-Series 1798 cc
TVR Tuscan V8 1967–1970 Ford Windsor V8 4727 cc
TVR Tuscan V6 1969–1971 Ford Essex V6 2994 cc
TVR Vixen S1 1967–1968 Ford Kent

BMC B-Series

1599 cc

1798 cc

TVR Vixen S2 1968–1969 Ford Kent 1599 cc
TVR Vixen S3 1970–1972 Ford Kent 1599 cc
TVR Vixen 1300 1971–1972 Triumph I4 1296 cc
TVR Vixen 2500 1971–1972 Triumph I6 2498 cc
TVR Vixen S4 1972 Ford Kent 1599 cc
TVR 1600M 1972–1973


Ford Kent I4 1599 cc
TVR 2500M 1972–1977 Triumph I6 2498 cc
TVR 3000M 1971–1979 Ford Essex V6 2994 cc
TVR 3000M Turbo 1975–1979 Ford Essex V6 2994 cc
TVR Taimar 1976–1979 Ford Essex V6 2994 cc
TVR Taimar Turbo 1976–1979 Ford Essex V6 2994 cc
TVR 3000S 1978–1979 Ford Essex V6 2994 cc
TVR 3000S Turbo 1978–1979 Ford Essex V6 2994 cc
TVR Tasmin 200 1981–1984 Ford Pinto I4 1993 cc
TVR Tasmin 280i 1980–1984 Ford Cologne V6 2792 cc
Peter Wheeler Era
TVR 280i 1984–1987 Ford Cologne V6 2792 cc
TVR 350i 1983–1989 TVR/Rover V8 3528 cc
TVR 350SX 1985–1989 TVR/Rover V8

+ Sprintex Supercharger

3528 cc
TVR 400SX 1989 TVR/Rover V8

+ Sprintex Supercharger

3948 cc
TVR 350SE 1990–1991 TVR/Rover V8 3947 cc
TVR 390SE 1984–1988 TVR/Rover V8 3905 cc
TVR 400SE 1988–1991 TVR/Rover V8 3948 cc
TVR 420SE 1986–1987 TVR/Rover V8 4228 cc
TVR 450SE 1989–1990 TVR/Rover V8 4441 cc
TVR 420SEAC 1986–1988 TVR/Rover V8 4228 cc
TVR 450SEAC 1988–1989 TVR/Rover V8 4441 cc
TVR S 1986–1988 Ford Cologne V6 2792 cc
TVR S2 1989–1990 Ford Cologne V6 2933 cc
TVR S3(C) 1991–1992 Ford Cologne V6 2933 cc
TVR S4C 1993–1993 Ford Cologne V6 2933 cc
TVR V8S 1991–1993 TVR/Rover V8 3948 cc
TVR Griffith 1992–2002 TVR/Rover V8 3948 cc

4280 cc

4988 cc

TVR Chimaera 1992–2001 TVR/Rover V8 3948 cc

4280 cc

4495 cc

4988 cc

TVR Cerbera 1996–2003 AJP8 / Speed Eight 4185 cc

4475 cc

1996–2003 Speed Six 3996 cc
TVR T400 2001–2007 Speed Six 3996 cc
TVR Tamora 2002–2006 Speed Six 3605 cc
TVR T350 (Targa & Coupe) 2003–2006 Speed Six 3605 cc
TVR Tuscan 1999–2006 Speed Six 3605 cc

3996 cc

TVR Sagaris 2004–2006 Speed Six 3996 cc
TVR Typhon 2004 Speed Six 3996 cc
Nikolai Smolenski Era
TVR Sagaris 2004–2006 Speed Six 3996 cc
Specialty/Racing Cars
TVR Cerbera Speed 122/3 1997 Speed Twelve 7730 cc
TVR Tuscan Speed 122/3 TVR Speed Twelve 7730 cc
TVR Tuscan Challenge3 1989–(around 100 made) Rover V8/Speed Eight 4500 cc
TVR T400R/Typhon GT3 ?

Appendix 2. Production volumes to 1980

Model Production no [Thoroughbred Classic cars ,August 1995
Jomar [all body types] 21
Grantura Mk’s I,II,IIA 105/104
Grantura Mk’s IIA,/III 227/168
Griffith [inc 200& 400 c310
Grantura Mk’s 1800S/IV 1800S 38/78
Vixen S1,S2,S3,S4 117,438,168,23
Tuscan V8 [1967-70 incl LWB] 73
Tuscan V6 [1969-71] 101
2500/1300 385/15
2500M/1600M/3000 M 947,148,654
Taimar/Convertible 395/258
3000M Turbo 20
Taimar Turbo/Convertible Turbo 30/13
Tasmin [to end of 1980] 44
Total Production [to 1980] 4,980

Appendix 3: British Specialist Marques





Motor Sports Car Road Tests. Temple Press.1965

The Lotus Book .W.Taylor.Coterie Press.1999.

Motor Sports Car Road Tests second Series. Temple Press.1965

Guide to Used Sports Cars Vol’s I &II .J.H.Haynes.Haynes.c 1965

Lotus –The Legend. David Hodges.Parragon1998.

ISBN: 0752520741

Italics A&R library


Specialist Sports Cars.Heseltine.Haynes.2001.

ISBN: 1859606903

Guide to Component Cars.H.Haynes.Haynes.1966

TVR-Success against All Odds. Peter Filby.Wilton House.

ISBN: 0954572912

TVR.Vol.I Robson.MRP.1993

ISBN: 0947981802

TVR the Complete Story.Tipler.Crowood.

ISBN: 1852237961

TVR: An Illustrated History.Tipler.Haynes.

ISBN: 9781944252350

TVR [1959-86 & 1959-88] Gold Portfolio.Brooklands

TVR. 1975-1994 .I.Ayre.Mitchell-Filby

TVR –All the cars. I.Ayre.Haynes 2007.

ISBN: 9781844251001

High Performance Cars.1965-66.Autosport. [TVR Griffith Road Test by John Bolster]

A-Z of Cars of the 1970’s.Robson.Bayview.1990.

ISBN: 1870979117

A-Zof Cars 1945-1970.Sedgwick & Gillies.Bayview.1986.

ISBN: 1870979095

British Sports Cars.Watkins.Batsford.1974

ISBN: 0713404728

European Sports &GT Cars 1945-1960.Robson.Foulis.1981.

ISBN: 0855292810

Sports cars.Georgano.Nelson.1970.


*Nb as some of these volumes are expensive/ difficult to obtain research was conducted at the British Library.

Italics the A&R library