TVR Motor Cars once again became a British property – Edgar Leslie from Surrey has bought the company. According to Autocar magazine, the ex-owner of the Company, 33-year old Nicolay Smolensky (the son of a famous Russian businessman Alexander Smolensky), sold the TVR to Mr. Edgar, including all the rights and production capacities of the Brand. The official website of manufacturer, however, is currently not available. It does open though, but the only thing you are able to see there is the British Flag, TVR letters and encouraging slogan that sounds like “roaring back”. According to unofficial information, the first model of a new brand will be presented almost in couple of weeks.
No other future plans of the new owners of the Blackpool Company are known. Maybe everyone is still in shock from the stage the Company was in. TVR was reliving its last days long time ago, since the time Piter Willer was its CEO. He was the one who sold the business to Smolensky in 2004. Under Russian management the Company reached the bottom of the crisis. Thus, in 2006 the weekly production lowered from 12 vehicles to 3-4 vehicles.
Then the Company’s management decided to transfer the production to Turin, and such decision was not welcomed by TVR owners. We’re not even mentioning the regular layoffs, the lack of new vehicles in the model line and questionable plans of equipping the vehicles with Corvette and diesel engines. Let’s hope the new management will bring new life to the brand.
The Company’s history began in 1947, back then it was called Trevcar Motors. The brand stopped working in July of 2012. During this time the TVR had few owners – its fonder Trevor Wilkinson, Lilly Martin, Peter Wheeler and Nikolai Smolensky. The last mass model of the company was Sagaris coupe that was produced in 2004-2006 years. And unusual design of that vehicle was supplemented with matching technical characteristics. The 4.0 liter V6 engine had 473 hp’s of capacity and the time needed to get 100 km/hour speed was just 3.7 seconds.