MOST BIZARRE TVRS

An en­vi­able ros­ter of beau­ti­ful bruis­ers has emerged from Bri­tain’s most char­ac­ter­ful car maker, but not all of them made the grade. Time to take a peek at the cut­ting-room floor…

Classic Sports Car - - Contents - WORDS ALAS­TAIR CLEMENTS PHO­TOG­RA­PHY LAT/C&SC/NEWSPRESS/TVR CAR CLUB

Our Top Ten odd­est Black­pool of­fer­ings

TVR re­turned to great fan­fare at the Good­wood Re­vival last year, with the Earls Court Mo­tor Show dis­play given over to a cel­e­bra­tion of the marque. Cyn­ics may spec­u­late that the all-new Grif­fith, which pro­vided the cen­tre­piece, could it­self re­main a one-off, with cus­tomers yet to take de­liv­ery of the Cos­worth V8-pow­ered coupé. If it does, how­ever, it will be in ex­cel­lent com­pany. The event­ful his­tory of the charis­matic sports car maker is pep­pered with blind al­leys, culs de sac and – be­ing less char­i­ta­ble – some ab­so­lute munters that were never likely

to win over an au­di­ence used to cars that blended ag­gres­sion and beauty in equal mea­sure.

But that should come as no sur­prise, be­cause for a low-vol­ume man­u­fac­turer work­ing with a sep­a­rate tubu­lar chas­sis and a glass­fi­bre body, just about ev­ery car you make has the po­ten­tial to be unique. Cer­tainly in the early days ev­ery ex­am­ple was dif­fer­ent, be­fore the TVR tem­plate was set with the orig­i­nal Gran­tura, which pro­vided the fam­ily ‘look’ right through to the dawn of the wedge at the start of the ’80s.

With that in mind, it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to nar­row down the list to just 10, but here’s a se­lec­tion of our favourite weird and won­der­ful one-offs from the Black­pool back cat­a­logue.

All-new Grif­fith takes a bow at Good­wood, but will it spark the marque’s re­vival or be­come an­other foot­note in his­tory?

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