A sad day: TVR is officially no more
A TopGear.com tribute to the ambitious but often rubbish British company
Posted: 12 Jul 2012
Wheeler was the chain-smoking, retro-‘tached Lancashire chemicals tycoon that bought TVR in the 1980s and shaped the cars we remember best. Wheeler, who died in 2009, had an eye for design and under his direction TVR's became ever more impressive and iconoclastic. Typically Wheeler took little or no credit, memorably assigning authorship of the indicator nacelles on the Chimaera to his dog Ned, who he claimed bit a chunk of out the clay model.
The cars were old-school, just how Wheeler wanted them. Built out of welded tube and clad in glass fibre they were assembled in a series of old sheds in Blackpool. Think of it as ‘iStream' without a purpose. There was little inventory, financial or quality control, but the low-tech, hand-built approach allowed the design and engineering team's imaginations to run haywire. Think of them as prototype Paganis.