TVR was founded in 1947 by Trevor Wilkinson, who simply used his first name as a model for the company name. The first car was built in 1949, and in 1953 the concept of a GRP bodywork over a tubular steel backbone chassis was born, which is continued to this day. In the early years, a wide range of engines was used.
Currently, TVR is the 3rd largest specialized sports car manufacturer of the world. A surprisingly diverse range of coupes and convertibles are offered, some using an inhouse straight-6 cylinder engine design, others an inhouse V8. These cars are built from sturdy steel frames, cloaked in aggressive (and sometimes bizarre) body designs.