A sad day: TVR is officially no more
A TopGear.com tribute to the ambitious but often rubbish British company
Posted: 12 Jul 2012
Call it hubris or ill-health, but the Speed 12 also spelled the end of Wheeler's ride at TVR and he sold the company, its debts and not inconsiderable warranty bills to Smolensky in 2004 who continued to talk the company up, but unlike Wheeler never delivered.
TVRs, whether from the later part of Wheeler's era, or his predecessors Martin Lilley and Wilkinson himself are rapidly taking on classic status. You won't pick up a Sagaris for less than £40,000. Ownership equals a lifetime of pain, but for visceral, noisy, trouser-troubling thrills there's nothing quite like a TVR nor, it now seems, will there ever be. Gosh, funny how you don't miss something until it's well and truly gone.