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ploughman
04-24-2006, 01:49 PM
TVR, producers of hand made four-wheeled missiles to the significantly fat of wallet, are to end production in the UK.

Hotties like this may well be no more.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/mctomney/TVRTuscan.jpg

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

Bad news. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/04/24/utvr.xml)

www.tvr-eng.co.uk/ (http://www.tvr-eng.co.uk/)

Waldo.Pepper
04-24-2006, 01:51 PM
The market has spoken. Too expensive for what they are/were. There are better cars for the money.

ploughman
04-24-2006, 01:57 PM
You is hard.

arcadeace
04-24-2006, 02:11 PM
Its too bad that being an example of their workmanship. I always like to see the smaller more personal businesses make it if they can capture a niche quality segment of the market. So it goes.

Viper2005_
04-24-2006, 03:52 PM
Beautiful cars, but at the end of the day, the sports car is something of an anachronism in this modern age of speed limits and speed cameras. What's the point in owning a car capable of 200 mph, when you can't drive it faster than 70?

Yes, you can take it to a track. But sports cars are not race cars. They've generally got comfy seats, room for luggage, road tyres and pointless accessories such as radios, walnut trim and cup holders. They're not built for speed, they're not built for practicality, and they're not built for efficiency.

Of course, petrol prices at 1 per litre don't help.

If you need the to think about that of course, you can't afford it! I'll stick to flying...

Blottogg
04-24-2006, 05:32 PM
Waldo.Pepper and Viper2005, don't let the guys over at Morgan hear talk like that. Ash wood framework, anyone?

I'm sorry to see TVR go. Weren't they bought by a Russian not too long ago?

Viper2005_
04-24-2006, 05:35 PM
Nothing wrong with wood; it's very hard to beat if you're trying to minimise mass...

ATLAS_DEATH
04-24-2006, 07:56 PM
Beautiful cars, but at the end of the day, the sports car is something of an anachronism in this modern age of speed limits and speed cameras. What's the point in owning a car capable of 200 mph, when you can't drive it faster than 70?


The beauty of track days! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

I really don't like luxury myself... I like performance.. even if on the road I'm not supposed to go more than 75 (in the states on certain Intersates)... But TVR was my favorite company as far as 'imports' go.. imports to the US that is. Even thought I'd never own one.. ahaha.... I'd like to spend that money on a jet...

VMF-214_HaVoK
04-24-2006, 10:44 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif My name is Trevor...phew you had me scared there for a moment. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

stathem
04-25-2006, 01:51 AM
So where are they going?

And when will this happen to Chelsea?

JG52Uther
04-25-2006, 02:56 AM
Brought by a 23 year old Russian millionaire a couple of years ago apparently.China anyone?

ploughman
04-25-2006, 03:01 AM
The sound of a TVR is 2nd only to the sound of a Merlin, but unless they start sticking some of that ABS, power/traction management wizardry that comes as standard in a VW Golf nowadays they're going under. A car that gets to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds but doesn't have ABS? No wonder folk aren't buying.

major_setback
04-25-2006, 03:26 AM
That mauve colour isn't right. A sports car should be this colour:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y129/major-setback/redcar2.jpg

Deadmeat313
04-25-2006, 03:33 AM
Eek!

I can imagine you going into the showroom and saying "I'd like the one thats the colour of Werther's Originals, please".

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T.

ploughman
04-25-2006, 03:38 AM
Originally posted by major_setback:
That mauve colour isn't right. A sports car should be this colour:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y129/major-setback/redcar.jpg

Eek! That looks like Mick Jagger's tongue. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

WOLFMondo
04-25-2006, 05:05 AM
"The spokesman said TVR was looking for a smaller site with better facilities. He added: "We are not closing, we are just moving production."

The union will hold a mass meeting of TVR workers next week to decide its next move."

So they are not closing but moving.


Originally posted by Waldo.Pepper:
The market has spoken. Too expensive for what they are/were. There are better cars for the money.

They are not that expensive. For the Price of a 200mph capable Porsche you could buy 4 or 5 200mph capable TVR's.

major_setback
04-25-2006, 05:13 AM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by major_setback:
That mauve colour isn't right. A sports car should be this colour:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y129/major-setback/redcar2.jpg

Eek! That looks like Mick Jagger's tongue. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

No. Mick Jaggers tongue looks like a car. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I could never own a car like that, my bum would look big in it. That's why I don't http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif .

stathem
04-25-2006, 05:22 AM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
The sound of a TVR is 2nd only to the sound of a Merlin, but unless they start sticking some of that ABS, power/traction management wizardry that comes as standard in a VW Golf nowadays they're going under. A car that gets to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds but doesn't have ABS? No wonder folk aren't buying.

What? ABS and Traction control are the Devil's work!

A fast car should be bloody dangerous to drive, otherwise everyone could do it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

R988z
04-25-2006, 09:58 AM
They are moving the production location, not closing.

The main problem is their engines have a reputation for blowing up often, which scares a lot of people off. The fact they dont have ABS, traction control and other aids is considered a bonus for most people who buy the cars. It's a pure driving machine, when it isn't broken down that is http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

ploughman
04-25-2006, 10:04 AM
Originally posted by R988z:
They are moving the production location, not closing.

The main problem is their engines have a reputation for blowing up often, which scares a lot of people off. The fact they dont have ABS, traction control and other aids is considered a bonus for most people who buy the cars. It's a pure driving machine, when it isn't broken down that is http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Yeah, it's just as well they look so good as looking at them is, ahem, all most owners get to do with their TVRs. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

stathem
04-25-2006, 10:04 AM
Originally posted by R988z:
They are moving the production location, not closing.

The main problem is their engines have a reputation for blowing up often, which scares a lot of people off. The fact they dont have ABS, traction control and other aids is considered a bonus for most people who buy the cars. It's a pure driving machine, when it isn't broken down that is http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

What? Machines that don't break down are the Devil's work...oh nevermind, I'll get me coat.

PF_Coastie
04-25-2006, 10:10 AM
Originally posted by major_setback:
That mauve colour isn't right. A sports car should be this colour:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y129/major-setback/redcar2.jpg

Mauve? You better adjust your monitor or turn down your digital vibrance! Looks purple to me and yours looks burnt orange....YUK!
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

ElAurens
04-25-2006, 10:49 AM
Sad indeed.

I am one of the few former owners in the US.

Mine was a 1970 Vixen 2500. (TR6 engine and trans).

I had always hoped they would come back to the US market.

*sigh*

major_setback
04-25-2006, 10:50 AM
Originally posted by PF_Coastie:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by major_setback:
That mauve colour isn't right. A sports car should be this colour:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y129/major-setback/redcar2.jpg

Mauve? You better adjust your monitor or turn down your digital vibrance! Looks purple to me and yours looks burnt orange....YUK!
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well, it might be slightly orange; or then again it might be your monitor http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif .
This might be a bit redder http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y129/major-setback/redcar5.jpg

Blottogg
04-25-2006, 02:53 PM
ElAurens, don't give up on them yet. It sounds like they're moving, not closing the doors completely (thanks, WOLFMondo.)

I thought a Russian neuvo-capitalist had bought the company (thanks JG52Uther.) Now if he just has a longer attention span than I did at that age, there might be a long, well captialized, future for the company.

Viper2005, not only weight savings, but with an ash frame (Morgan, not TVR), you can tune the chassis to be a dynamic component of the suspension, instead of a static mounting point! That being said, I'll stick to the less anachronistic setups myself. I got my fill of first-hand British sportcar ownership with my MGB. The Miata does a much better job of running in the rain, except for the bits I've bolted on myself over the years.

ElAurens
04-25-2006, 04:23 PM
I think you misunderstand the Moggie's construction.

The chassis is steel. Only the bodywork has an ash framework. This is the classic "coachwork" method of automotive body assembly, now abandoned on the Morgan Aero 8. (Make mine a 4/4, +4, or early +8 thank you very much...)

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