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Rights to make TVR cars and components, to use existing designs and manufacture components for existing cars, have been recently sold back to British interests located near London, according to their former owner, the Russian banker Nikolai Smolensky, now living in Vienna.
Speaking exclusively to Autocar earlier today, Smolensky said the deal was done “some weeks ago” but refused to reveal the price. The transaction is understood to involve a company fronted by a Mr Les Edgar, a Surrey-based entrepreneur.
In other intriguing moves, a private company called TVR Motor Cars Ltd was incorporated at the end of April and is currently described by Companies House as “active”. The same source reveals Leslie Edgar, of Dorking, as director of both TVR Manufacturing Ltd and TVR Automotive Ltd. Meanwhile TVR's website has for some time carried the comments “never say never” and "roaring back". TVR enthusiasts are convinced “something is up”.
PistonheadsWe've spoken to The Russian's engineering firm working out of Vienna, Austria, and they've promised us an announcement "within the next two weeks" on an all-new car. And, we're told, it's likely to be made in England.
"We are coming up with a detailed plan," Dietrich Probst, head of marketing for umbrella firm VIT Technology told us, "It'll probably have totally new styling. The engine we haven't decided on." This probable new car will be true to the spirit of TVR, he said. "We are keeping in mind that it's a TVR, so it'll be a lightweight and very powerful sports car, half the price of a Ferrari and probably as fast."