TVR is typically best known for manufacturing innovative sports cars and lightweight convertibles. In 1965 the company returned to TVR engineering after going through several ownership changes. The company was founded and named after its creator, Trevor Wilkinson in 1947.
Even though TVR sales have experienced a troubled past, the company and its operations have remained in Lancashire, England, where it has operated since 1990s. However, in 2004 it was announced that production and assembly of TVRs would later be moved to Italy. This created much controversy and disappointment among the British employees, who feared extensive job losses.
The brand has always been known for its creation of specialised vehicles, particularly TVR's fiberglass bodywork, which was developed in 1953 and placed over a steel backbone chassis. Prior to this, TVR cars were primarily sold as Kit Cars until the 1970s (some claim that this move was due to the increase on tax regulations). Previously used TVR V-6 and V-8 engines were left behind as the manufacturer explored production of modified Rover V-8 engines. Shortly after this, the design engineers decided to resort back to development of their own AJP8 engine.
Throughout its uncertain ownership and history, the brand has still been able to build an impressive selection of unique models. For example, a limited number of 60 Typhoon TVRs were made in celebration of the brand's 60th Birthday. The company's innovative sports car design is perhaps best seen in the TVR Tuscan, which can reach 100mph in a mere 8.08 seconds and is available in five different engine options. Further examples of popular TVR models include the Cerbera, Sagaris, Tamora and the T350C.