TreVoR Wilkinson started a little
garage in Blackpool in 1946, and got out his first car in 1951. The cars were
all of fiberglass, and used the 'kit-car' concept of offering various drivetrain
options from Coventry Climax to MG & Triumph. Trevor
left the company in 1961 and there has been a series of owners ever since. Jack
Griffith got involved in 1962 and all cars with a V-8 are called 'Griffiths'
to this day. TVR is now England's largest car maker. Their cars were imported
in the U.S. from 1962 through 1987. TVR now makes their own engines, but in
the past the cars used the best drivetrains they could find at the time.
TVR VIXEN 2500
Built in Blackpool, England. Has the same basic
drive train as the Triumph 250. In-line six engine that produces 160 horsepower.
The fiberglass body and better aerodynamics makes it much faster than
the TR 250 or TR 6 which have the same running gear. They also made a
TVR Griffith which ran a Rover V-8 in the same basic body, and it was
a real screamer.
TVR 280i ROADSTER
great car. The wedge shape and interior are based on the Lotus Esprit
of that era. Lotus, located about 20 miles away also designed the interior.
The car is an upgrade of the Tasmin begun in the early 1980s. The engine
is a 2.8 liter Ford Essex V-6. Typical TVR, light and fast. Their cars
featured sophisticated suspension and braking systems.
TVR GRIFFITH 500
roadster weighing 2300 pounds with a 5.0 liter Rover V-8 turning out over
350 bhp. Interesting and very graceful fiberglass body with nary a single
bit of Chrome anywhere. Right hand drive, so takes getting used to where
the gear selector is. Kinda copied the Viper in the door treatment. Probably
the quickest car I have, and one of only about two in the Country. Sadly
sold the car in 2006. Miss it. but too new ;-)