TVR "Sells Out" of 2017 Cars in Six Weeks
The reborn sportscar maker TVR says it has “sold out” of its first model since shuttering in 2006, Autocar is reporting. Reportedly, none of the prospective owners, who have deposited £5,000 ($7,700 USD), have seen pictures of the new car.
The new model will be a V8-powered sportscar designed by Gordon Murray, with engine development from Cosworth and production by humans, rather than unicorns. The company said it took 250 deposits six weeks after it began accepting them in July.
The company is helmed by Les Edgar who took over for Nikolai Smolensky in 2013.
“This a heart-warming situation we find ourselves in. We are mindful that we have taken deposits from customers who have not even yet seen official pictures of the car. We look forward to revealing more details soon, and to all our customers who have shown their faith I can promise that the new car will exceed expectations in every way,” Edgar said according to Autocar.
The company doesn’t have a home for production, but it says the new car will be built in the U.K. According to the report, all of TVR’s planned cars will have a V-8 up front and power sent to the rear through a 6-speed manual transmission.
Autocar is reporting that the new car will be available as either a coupe or convertible and would likely cost around £60,000 to £80,000 ($92,000 to $123,000) when it goes on sale. TVR hasn’t announced plans to sell cars in North America.
I'm now wondering where all these tweed-suited gentlemen are in the UK. If there are any left, they'll be ninety years old, swilling a gin and tonic and have a hacking cough from smoking Sobranies for the last 65 years. Not TVR candidates. There's about a 10,000% better chance that a new TVR will go on sale in the UK compared to an Elio in the US. The latest Porsche GT3 sold extremely well in the UK, so there's a bit of money about. Having at least a modicum of brainpower, the country chose to not join the Euro and remain with their own currency.
That picture of the car looks like they took a computer rendering, went back in time to the late 70's and had a kid in a shopping mall airbrush on top of it, and then went to Olan Mills like Napoleon Dynamite and had it photographed with lots o' soft filter...
Spyker sold out too ;-) Why not bring back the stunning 350TC, arguably the best-looking TVR ever, and make it as solid and reliable as possible. Ask Daimler or BMW if they want to supply the six in-line engine.
"designed by Gordon Murray, with engine development from Cosworth" That's why. They've definitely got a head-start with those 2 on board. Now they just need to not f*ck up on the delivery.