R.I.P. TVR: Our Favorite TVRs of all Time

TVR is dead. The death of the struggling company was officially announced late last week when the firm's latest owner, Russian tycoon Nikolay Smolensky, stated that the company will be producing wind turbines from here on out. We could chart the decline of the firm, which like most British sports car manufacturers fought bankruptcy and poor business after poor decision, but that's not what goes down round these parts. The thing that put TVR under is the exact things we like. Bonkers sports cars that will rip your head off faster than JWoww on bath salts. So here's to TVR, the craziest cars anyone had the lack of common business sense to make. If you're wondering why we're making such a big deal about this, just take a  look at what the guys at Top Gear had to say about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z15v-5p__hQ So there's a lot of history here. A lot of the cars that TVR made weren't that great, and were pretty forgettable. They sounded great on paper: big motor + lightweight body+ tons of leather on the inside+ sticky tires, but sadly they weren't. Here's our list of of the  TVR cars that weren't total disasters and managed to be both cool, somewhat civilized and ultimately timeless. 5) Grantura- The Grantura was the first production car TVR made. Looking something like a shrunken MGA  mashed together with an Aston Martin DB4 Zagato, it was a cult hit amongst American road racers over the course of its nine year production run. It was a bit of a frankenstein, using underpinnings from a Volkswagen Beetle, and running a variety of small four cylinder engines from Coventry Climax and Ford. The body was made out of fiberglass, something that stuck through to the last TVRs. So, even though they were quirky and British, they still hadn't grown to be quite the hairy-chested TVRs we know today. But hey, gotta start somewhere.
R.I.P. TVR: Our Favorite TVRs of all Time
4) Tuscan-  The Tuscan is one of the many legends of the Peter Wheeler TVR era. Under Wheeler's leadership, beginning in the 80's, TVR grew in size and size of balls; running Rover V8's and later the infamous Speed Six. The Tuscan was offered with four variations of the infamous inline-six engine, ranging from insane to ludicrous all of them made in house in Blackpool. The interior was equally as wacky as the exterior, and with no ABS or airbags, it probably killed a few owners for having sub-par driving skills. Talk about an ego-trip.

R.I.P. TVR: Our Favorite TVRs of all Time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=tcSxxzptiCM 3) Griffith 500- The first semi-crazy TVR was powered by either a 4.0-liter or 5.0-liter Rover V8. The 5.0 liter was good for 340 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque, which was a lot in 1991. It's still a lot today when you consider it weighed less than 2,400 lbs, which is nothing, especially when the less powerful Chevrolet Corvette tipped the scales at over 3,200 lbs. With the 5.0, the Griffith rocketed to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. It was stupid quick and had no electric nannies to save your tweed-wearing hide. However, the best part about the Griffith isn't so much the lightweight/high horsepower formula, it was the top. It was simple and easy to remove quickly, turning the somewhat awkward looking coupe into a very slick-looking targa or convertible. Cool stuff and perfect for the notoriously fickle British weather.

R.I.P. TVR: Our Favorite TVRs of all Time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqTbdmbL7mU&feature=player_detailpage 2)Speed 12- In typical British cottage industry fashion, the Speed 12 was built to compete with the Mclaren F1. Lofty, if slightly delusional goals, are what we love about TVR. To make 12 cylinders, the Speed 12 used two Speed Six engines welded together and placed as far back in the chassis as possible. Though only a handful of them were made, most car guys became familiar with the Speed 12 through its appreance in Gran Turismo 2.  It was by far one of the coolest cars you could get, and for a long time (mostly due to limited knowledge of the internet) I thought it was just some crazy concept car cooked up by the games' producers. It wasn't, it was very real. We're not too sure about the build quality, not that it would matter, because the Speed 12 is known to induce Mississippi mudslides out of the toughest of men.  It was fast to say the least.

R.I.P. TVR: Our Favorite TVRs of all Time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYFREqhRO6k 1) Sagaris: Our favorite TVR because it wasn't a TVR, but an actual car. For us enthusiasts, it seemed like it would be the car to save the company. Well we're writing this list, so here's some Top Gear to watch. Pour a little out for TVR, sit back and watch the master at work:

R.I.P. TVR: Our Favorite TVRs of all Time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbO_CaGJXZ4&feature=related See more of our favorite TVRs here.    

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