TVR’s first comeback model has attracted more attention than the carmaker was prepared for, but TVR says it’s now ready to put names - and deposits - into its order book.
Gaming entrepreneur and new Chairman of TVR, Les Edgar, announced two years ago that the carmaker would release two models in 2015.
With the year now half over, all TVR fans have to go off is a pair of digital images (via the UK’s Autocar) demonstrating how the first of those two models may look.
And that seems to have been enough, with more than a few TVR fans willing to open their wallets to hand over a deposit on a nameless car they’ve never seen and know virtually nothing about.
What we do know, is that Formula 1 designer and engineer Gordon Murray is on board to assist with the styling, and that the new model will feature a V8 engine from an as-yet unknown source (rumoured to be GM or Ford) with tuning from Cosworth.
Prospective buyers have been asked to hand over £5,000 (AU$10,200) as a deposit; unless you’re a member of the TVR Car Club, in which case the amount falls to £2,500 (AU$5,100).
TVR explained this is to honour the 50th anniversary of the brand, and some of the £2,500 will be returned to the Club as a donation.
“We've been totally blown away by the reaction to the new car,” TVR Operations Director, John Chasey, said.
"Our phone lines and online enquiry system went into meltdown when the news was announced, and we decided that we must begin to bring a structure to the enquiries and build a delivery pipeline well in advance of production.”
Mr Chasey said those who get in early will be rewarded, as production of the comeback model is set to be limited for the first year. Edgar added the number is likely to be in “the low hundreds”.