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About TVR

TVR was an independent British manufacturer of sports cars based in the English town of Blackpool, Lancashire. The company manufactured lightweight sports cars with powerful engines and was the third-largest specialised sports car manufacturer in the world, offering a diverse range of coupés and convertibles, most using an in-house straight-6 cylinder engine design, others an in-house V8. TVR sports cars are composed of tubular steel frames, cloaked in aggressive fibreglass body designs.

TVR's two arms were TVR Engineering, which manufactured sports cars and grand tourers, and TVR Power, their power-train division. The company has a turbulent recent history and an uncertain future (see below).

History

TVR was founded in 1947 by Trevor Wilkinson, under the name of Trevcar Motors. In 1954, Wilkinson changed the name of the company to TVR by removing two vowels and a consonant from his first name. The first car was built in 1949. In 1953 the concept of glass-reinforced plastic bodywork over a tubular steel backbone chassis was born, and has continued to this day. Many of the early cars were sold in kit form to avoid a British tax on assembled cars but in the 1970s the tax loophole was closed and the kit-form option was removed.

In the late 1950s, TVRs were powered by 4-cylinder engines from Coventry Climax, BMC or Ford, the performance models having Shorrock superchargers. As with many other British sports cars, engine sizes remained under two litres, and all produced less than 100 bhp (75 kW). Most TVRs were sold in the domestic British market, although small numbers were exported.

In the 1960s, American motor dealer Jack Griffith decided to put a 4.7 litre V8 engine from an AC Cobra he owned into a TVR Grantura, in much the same way that V8s were first transplanted into AC Cobras (It is in honour of Jack Griffith that the TVR Griffith was so-named).

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2-door
2-seat
V8 16v 4.2L OHV M-5
223.7 kW / 300.0 hp / 300.0 hp  393.0 N·m / 289.9 lb·ft / 289.9 lb·ft
   

TVR 420 SEAC (1987)

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 4226 cm3 / 257.9 cu in / 257.9 cu in, 223.7 kW / 300.0 hp / 300.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 393.0 N·m / 289.9 lb·ft / 289.9 lb·ft @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 266 km/h / 165 mph / 165 mph top speed

2-door
2+2-seat
V8 16v 4.2L OHV M-5
197.6 kW / 265.0 hp / 265.0 hp  407.0 N·m / 300.2 lb·ft / 300.2 lb·ft
   

TVR 420 Sports Saloon

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 4230 cm3 / 258.1 cu in / 258.1 cu in, 197.6 kW / 265.0 hp / 265.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 407.0 N·m / 300.2 lb·ft / 300.2 lb·ft @ 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

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Beyond basic auto insurance

In addition to having enough liability protection, there are some other coverages you should consider:

Collision: Pays for damage to your car resulting from a collision with another car, an object or as a result of flipping over. It also covers damage caused by potholes. Even if you are at fault for the accident, your collision coverage will reimburse you for the costs of repairing your car, minus the deductible. If you are not at fault, your insurance company may try to recover the amount they paid out from the other driver’s insurance company though a process called subrogation. If the company is successful, you will be reimbursed for the deductible.

Comprehensive: Reimburses you for loss due to theft or damage caused by something other than a collision with another car or object, such as fire, falling objects, missiles, explosion, earthquake, windstorm, hail, flood, vandalism, riot, or contact with animals such as birds or deer. Comprehensive insurance will also reimburse you if your windshield is cracked or shattered; some companies may waive the deductible on the glass portion of this coverage.

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Reimburses you, a member of your family, or a designated driver if one of you is hit by an uninsured or hit-and-run driver. Underinsured motorist coverage comes into play when an at-fault driver has insufficient insurance to pay for your total loss. These coverages are required in 19 states, but available in all. It is important to purchase the same amount of coverage for uninsured/underinsured motorists as you have for liability to others.

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