With no shortage of TVR fans, this mind condition Taimar will likely find a new owner very soon.
As its global fan base is well aware, TVR is one of the biggest icons of the old British automakers. Sadly, too many of those brands are no longer with us, but TVR has managed to survive in the form of a new company owned by Russian billionaire Nikolay Smolensky.Yes, it's not exactly the same as it once was, but the company is now offering complete overhauls on all TVR's as well as 'reborn' Sagaris, Tuscan, Cerbera, and Griffith models which are now powered by a GM small-block V8.And while the current state of the company may not please many fans, there was a time when TVR built some of the most unique sports cars in the market. Founded by Trevor Wilkinson in 1947, TVR (short for Trevor) began as a small engineering firm.In 1949, their first car was completed, which was an alloy-bodied two seater built on a tubular chassis.
It wasn't until 1953 did they begin to build cars with fiberglass bodies, which became their trademark that continued throughout their history. In 1954, their first production car, the Mk1, which was later called the Grantura, was introduced.Power came from a four-cylinder engine with less than 100hp. Jumping ahead a few years to the 1970s, TVR's 'M Series' was launched which saw the introduction of a greater variety of engines. At the time, TVR was under the ownership of Martin Lilley who bought the company in 1965.The M Series, like previous TVR models, had a front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout and body-on-frame construction.
The Taimar, introduced in 1976 at the London Motor Show, was actually a hatchback design, but had the same mechanicals as the 3000M, which was powered by a 3.0-liter Ford Essex V6.