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…
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.
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