Trevor Wilkinson, the founder of TVR, has died at the age of 85 in his Minorca home. Since its inception in 1949 under the guidance of Wilkinson and Jack Pickard, TVR has gone on to create some of the greatest looking and most unique performance cars in the country. Even though he left the company in 1962 his legacy lived on.
The name TVR was derived from Wilkinson’s first name and his early work involved fixing old cars and doing some engineering work. However, in 1949, TVR created its first car, the Mark I or Grantura. The glass fibre design of this car remained in use, in one form or another, until 1980.
TVR has created some of the finest examples of performance cars and waiting lists for new models has always been excessively long. The cars have also attracted a massive following with owners and admirers alike. Current models include the Sagaris, Tuscan S, and the Tuscan S Convertible.
Although Mr Wilkinson had been aware he was seriously ill for some time he had accepted his illness and continued to live his life. While the company is now owned by Nikolai Smolenski, the name TVR will live on.