The closure of TVRcarparts.com prompted rumours that demand for TVRs has dropped, but this is apparently not the case. After its demise, TVRcarparts.com was purchased by David Gerald TVR and – when asked if there had been a general slump in demand – a company spokesman said: “Sitting at this desk, you wouldn’t think so!”
This view is supported by specialist dealer Colin Bowler of Racing Green TVR. “The recent weather has made selling sportscars rather more difficult than is usual for summer, but interest has remained buoyant and now the weather’s improving sales have picked up again,” said Colin.
Martin Pett of the TVR Owners Club agrees that the market is healthy: “For some classic TVRs prices are beginning to rise as the cars become rarer – values of more modern examples also appear to be staying stable.”
Whilst most are confident about the future of TVR values, some such as Dom Trickett at TVR Power are yet to be convinced. “For us, business has been good during the last two years, but there has been a slight drop in recent months. If we were a smaller independent specialist we’d soon be looking to diversify.”
Great Escapes Car Hire have recently removed its TVR Tuscan from hire – whilst enthusiasm was still there for the marque, the cars couldn’t cope with the demand. “The car had suffered considerable cam lobe wear during the period we had it”, says Graham Eason, “Whilst it was popular, we need reliability – we do not want to let our customers down.”
Recent revelations as to the future of the company may be responsible for the currently strong prices of TVRs. Chairman Nikolai Smolenski has announced that there will be no new TVRs, following failed attempts to re-manufacture older models with alternative power units. With this in mind, the finite supply of TVRs and the enthusiasm remains mean that values are likely to remain stable for some time.