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TVR is also the acronym for Televiziunea Română, Romanian Television, which operates four channels, Romania1, TVR2, TVR Cultural and TVR international.
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TVR 280i
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TVR is a manufacturer of sports cars, located in Blackpool, North West England. TVR is unique in having survived not just as a marque, but as a thriving independent manufacturer.


TVR was founded in 1947 by Trevor Wilkinson, who used three consonants of his first name for the company name. The first car was built in 1949. In 1953 the concept of glass-reinforced plastic bodywork over a tubular steel backbone chassis was born, which is continued to this day. In the early years, a wide range of engines was used.

TVR is the third largest specialized sports car manufacturer of the world. A diverse range of coupes and convertibles are offered, most using an inhouse straight-6 cylinder engine design, others an inhouse V8. These cars are built from sturdy tubular steel frames, cloaked in aggressive (and sometimes bizarre) body designs.

The life of TVR can be divided into four eras, based on who owned the company:

In July 2004, 24 year old Russian, Nikolai Smolenski, bought 100% of the company from its owner Peter Wheeler, for about 15 million. Despite Smolenski's Russian origin, he reportedly intends for TVR to remain a British company and continue the tradition of building lightweight high-performance cars that started more than thirty years before he was born.

Model list

Production Years Model Engine Displacement Notes
1972-1977TVR 1600M/VixenFord Kent I41599 cc
TVR 1800SBMC B-Series1798 cc
TVR Tasmin 200Ford Pinto I41993 cc
1972-1977TVR 2500/2500MTriumph I62498 cc
TVR 280i/TasminFord Cologne V62792 cc
1972-1977TVR 3000MFord Essex V62944 cc
1976-1979TVR 3000S/
Taimar Turbo
Ford Essex V62994 ccturbo
1980-1990TVR 350iTVR/Rover V83528 ccversions: C and T
1996-2003TVR CerberaSpeed Eight4185 cc
4475 cc
Speed Six3996 cc
N/ATVR Cerbera Speed 12Speed Twelve7730 ccnever went into production
1992-2001TVR ChimaeraTVR/Rover V83948 cc
4280 cc
4495 cc
4988 cc
1958-1967TVR GranturaClimax
Ford Kent
BMC B-Series
1963-1965TVR GriffithFord Windsor V84727 cc
TVR S SeriesFord Cologne V62792 cc
2935 cc
TVR/Rover V83948 cc
TVR SagarisSpeed Six3996 cc
TVR Speed 12 built exclusively for racing
TVR TamoraSpeed Six3605 cc
TVR Tasmin TurboFord Cologne V62792 ccturbo
TVR TuscanSpeed Six3996 cc
TVR Tuscan RacerSpeed Eight4500 ccbuilt exclusively for racing
TVR TyphonSpeed Six3996 cc

External links

de:TVR (Auto) es:TVR it:TVR nl:TVR (auto) ja:TVR sv:TVR


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