TVR Emerges From Welsh Wilderness

Tue 26th Apr 2022

British sports car manufacturer TVR has given a significant update on the development of a brand which has a celebrated history, but has been a little quiet over the last decade.

Founded in Blackpool in 1946, the company was once the third largest specialised sports car manufacturer in the world, with a wide range of coupes and convertibles. But the last 20 years have been turbulent, with production moved away from Blackpool to Italy, the company falling into foreign ownership, before being rescued by British dup Les Edgar and John Chasey in 2013.

Following support from the Welsh Government, TVR established themselves at a factory in Ebbw Vale, creating 150 jobs and working on a project described as ‘God’s own sports car’. That car was unveiled as the TVR Griffith in September 2017, a prototype built at huge expense, as it was much more than a concept, with the aim of impressing the industry and attracting investment.

Speaking to Evo, Edgar explained the nine-year period between taking over the company has been one in which the company has perhaps done things a little differently, particularly when building a car rather than a concept.

“If we hadn’t done what we did, take a brave step and leapfrog a few stages you would normally go through before you produce a road-going thing that you can drive around a track and take up and down the road; had we not done that, we would be in a lot more of a state in terms of timing,” Edgar said.

“We can jump in it and say: “We’ll bring the car to you.” You can hear it and see it and feel it and drive it. And I think that’s made a huge difference in terms of promoting it.”

The extensive report, suggests that the factory in Wales should be completed by the end of 2022, and that the long journey to a new Griffith being available to buy by the end of 2023.