TVR, the British cottage industry builder of hair-on-fire, purists' sports cars like the Sagaris, Tuscan, and Cerbera flamed out in spectacular fashion back in 2006, leaving a hole in the the hearts of enthusiasts far larger than its meager output might suggest. The company behind the brilliantly characterful but never-quite pretty, never-quite reliable sports cars with their far-flung ergonomics and bite-the-hand-that-feeds-you dynamics has been the subject of intermittent resurrection rumors since production ceased in 2006. Yet last July, Nikolai Smolensky, the marque's owner, seemed to close the books on the brand once and for all when he said that building a new TVR didn't make financial sense. Instead, it's understood that the Russian plutocrat wanted to build... wind turbines.

But now, it appears that the fiberglass-bodied carmaker may be poised for a revival after all. Auto Express reports that the TVR brand has a new owner, a British businessman by the name of Les Edgar, who purchased the rights to the TVR name and to the equipment and parts to build the brand's existing cars for an undisclosed sum. There's no word yet on what the four-wheeled future of TVR looks like (rumors of an all-new model with Ferrari-like performance at half the price have been dismissed), but Edgar and Co. are apparently keen to reignite the fires at the brand, having even gone so far as to update the company's website with the image above – previously the splash page for the site displayed the TVR logo with the words "never say never."

Of course, TVR has had its share of aborted comebacks before, so we won't hold our breath for its undoubtedly theatrical return. If they do manage to return, we hope they'll be welcomed back with open arms – the world needs more undistilled, unvarnished, uncompromising and overpowered sports cars, right? To jog your memory on the enigmatic firm, check out a brace of vintage Top Gear UK reviews by scrolling below.






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      icon149
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't help it, It's totally irrational, but i'd still rather have a TVR leaking oil in my garage than a drive a Porsche. They just look and sound amazing. If they would take the time to build reliable cars... they could really have a nice little business and Top Gear would be that much more enjoyable for it.
        matt_shift
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icon149
        I wish it was that easy too. But it ain't. Look at what Porsche was. They tried only building sports cars, and they couldnt survive on them alone. They had to build the Cayenne and Panamera to help offset costs and bring solid investment into the company. TVR will have to partner with another brand (un)fortunately. They dont have the facilities to mass produce anything. But they'll never survive with just a couple performance coupes either. TVR + Mazda? TVR + Ford? TVR + Jaguar? It has to be someone. Lotus is in the same boat too. Pick a groom and start pumping out those car-babies!
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmm, sure would make video games more fun.
      gearhead
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have always loved TVR. I even go the please of seeing one, just the one, in London one vacation. I hope they can get a comeback started and enough momentum to keep them here for good! Always loved the Tuscan!
      brianbrooklyn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome! I've been looking for an unrefined unreliable car. Oh it would be hilarious if the big announcement is that the brand is being brought back for a line of affordable Chinese-made automobiles.
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        Brodz
        • 1 Year Ago
        Umm... no. The internal combustion engine still has life left in it for quite some time. Especially their gorgeous 4.0L inline six.
      Malhaar
      • 1 Year Ago
      now this I am waiting to see.. knowing TVR this could very well be absolutely mad and ridiculous.. just how I like my TVRs! Anyone know about the availability of TVRs in the US?
      dareupgang
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think if they source LS motor or motor from Ford it can def be done, a lot of people in the tvr community having coming round to do the LS engine swap, and it seems to be continuously growing trend in the community. R&D, as well as meeting emissions is always one of the hardest parts for these smaller companies and it would be really cool to see a tvr with LS7 or LS9 motor, the power to weight ratio would be bonkers
      beckham07
      • 1 Year Ago
      never-quite pretty - i am sure you meant never -quite ugly because they are really dead gorgeous. i am 100% sure you never have seen one not even in pictures
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @beckham07
        I've always like their exteriors, even the one on the that over the top Speed 12 (the original). However the interiors are just weird.
      dogbolter
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had a Griffith back in the day, typical reliability problems of all small car makers, but...driving it was absolutely wild! I'd love to see these cars back on the road.
      Patrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sagaris!!!!! It's big ugly and I love it.
      eeenok
      • 1 Year Ago
      tvr used to have one of the greatest designed-by-an-eccentric-genius engines, but these days the best engines are designed by teams working for mega corporations. the true unique value of tvr is now probably, like many other small traditional companies, the value of its nameplate
      • 1 Year Ago
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