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TVR sports cars: books - history and technology

A book on TVR cars? Explore here our selection of illustrated books on the history, models and technology of TVR sports cars.

TVR 1946-1982 - The Trevor Wilkinson and Martin Lilley Years

This fascinating book tells the complete story of the early days of TVR, from Trevor Wilkinson establishing the company in 1946 through to the Martin Lilley years, which came to an end in 1982.
The design and development of these classic British sports cars, with their defining characteristics of tubular backbone chassis and glass fibre bodywork, are described in detail.

Illustrated with over 200 colour and black and white photographs the book covers all the early years, including the Sports Saloon, the Jomar, the Open Sports, TVR's first true production car the Grantura from 1958, Griffith models with their remarkable 289 cu in Ford V8 motors, the Vixen and Tuscan range of the late 1960s, the M Series models launched in 1972 and finally, the Tasmin range introduced in 1980.

Author:Matthew Vale
Specs:192 pages, 27 x 22.5 x 1.8 cm / 10.6 x 8.9 x 0.71 in, hardback
Illustrations:31 b&w and 223 colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2017)
EAN:9781785003516
Book: TVR 1946-1982 - The Trevor Wilkinson and Martin Lilley Years

TVR 1946-1982 - The Trevor Wilkinson and Martin Lilley Years

Language: English

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TVR - A Passion to Succeed: The Martin Lilley Era 1965-1981

When Peter Filby set out to write about TVR history, he was only planning one book. But he became so involved with the subject, an wrote so much, that it became two books. And if you enjoyed The Early Years, you won't want to miss part two of the amazing story of TVR.
Covering the period late 1965 to late 1981 when TVR was owned and managed by Martin and Arthur Lilley, "TVR - A Passion to Succeed" is written in the same entertaining style as The Early Years.

Totalling 480 pages, the book covers the cars' development, the company't highs and lows, the important personalities and, of course, all the many amusing anecdotes. And within the 16 chapters are hundreds of terrific photographs (over 680 in all).

Models described in depth in this book are the MGB engined Mk3 and Mk4 1800S, the fabulous Tuscan V8s, the Ford powered Vixens, Tuscan V6, the 2500, M-Series cars, Taimar hatchback, 3000S convertible and early Tasmins. Indeed, no less than three chapters are devoted to the development of the early 'wedge' machines.
Also included are the stories behind TVR prototypes such as the Tina and SM/Zante along with a brief history of the rare and desirable wide-bodied Tuscan V8 of which very few were ever made.

Author:Peter John Filby
Specs:480 pages, 28.5 x 23 cm / 11.2 x 9.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:680 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Autocraft Publications (GB, 2012)
EAN:9780954572921
Book: TVR - A Passion to Succeed: The Martin Lilley Era 1965-1981

TVR - A Passion to Succeed: The Martin Lilley Era 1965-1981

Language: English

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TVR (1959-1985) - Brooklands Portfolio

Brooklands Limited Edition Ultra book about the TVR models from the period 1959-1985. Describes the TVR Grantura, Griffith, Tuscan, Vixen, 1600M, 2500M, 3000M, Taimar, Turbo, 3000S, Tasmin, 280i, 350i and 390SE.

  • The 83 articles, taken from contemporary British and American car magazines, provide much information about history, model changes and technology.
  • Also driving impressions, tests, comparison tests, technical specifications, etc.

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Specs:208 pages, 27 x 20 x 1.2 cm / 10.6 x 7.9 x 0.47 in, paperback
Illustrations:profusely illustrated
Publisher:Brooklands Books (GB, 2009)
EAN:9781855208537
Book: TVR (1959-1985) - Brooklands Portfolio

TVR (1959-1985)

Language: English

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TVR - Cars of the Peter Wheeler Era

For nearly 60 years, TVR produced some of the most thrilling, spine-tingling, hand-built sports cars to emerge from any British motor manufacturer. Yet it was the period between 1981 and 2004, under the management of Peter Wheeler, when the company finally shook off its shed-built roots and proved that it could produce cars that could match anything from Maranello or Stuttgart in terms of performance, but at a fraction of their price.

Illustrated with over 300 photographs, "TVR - Cars of the Peter Wheeler Era" tells the story of the design, development and engineering of some of some of TVR's fastest, outrageous and most successful cars, from the retro-styled S1, to the racing Tuscan, 1000bhp Speed Twelve and the brutal Sagaris.

Pages of the book TVR : Cars of the Peter Wheeler Era (1)

Author:Ralph Dodds
Specs:208 pages, hardback
Illustrations:300+ b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2015)
EAN:9781847979971
Book: TVR - Cars of the Peter Wheeler Era

TVR - Cars of the Peter Wheeler Era

Language: English

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TVR (1986-1994) - Brooklands Performance Portfolio

Brooklands Portfolio book about the TVR models from the years 1986-1994. Describes the TVR 350i, SX, 390 SE, S, 280i, 420 SEAC, S Turbo, Titan, Griffith and 500 Chimaera.

  • The 35 articles, taken from contemporary British and American car magazines, provide much information about history, model changes and technology.
  • Also driving impressions, tests, comparison tests, technical specifications, etc.

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Author:R. M. Clarke
Specs:140 pages, 27 x 20 x 0.9 cm / 10.6 x 7.9 x 0.35 in, paperback
Illustrations:200 photographs
Publisher:Brooklands Books (GB, 1995)
EAN:9781855202603
Book: TVR (1986-1994) - Brooklands Performance Portfolio

TVR (1986-1994)

Language: English

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TVR Chimaera and Griffith - All models (1992-2003) - The Essential Buyer's Guide

TVR's Griffith and Chimaera duo may be named after fierce and frightening mythical creatures, but the prospect of owning either of the cars themselves should be nothing to be scared away by!
This book pays no attention to the various myths and tall-tales surrounding these cars, and instead offers buying advice and tips to the potential custodian of either of these brutish British sports cars. Few cars manage to both stir the soul and raise the pulse in the way a TVR can, and the ownership experience can be an extremely rewarding one.

Having this book in your pocket is just like having a real marque expert by your side. Benefit from Richard Kitchen's years of TVR ownership and experience, learn how to spot a bad example quickly, and how to assess a promising one like a professional. Get the right TVR Chimaera or Griffith at the right price!
Packed with good advice - from running costs, through paperwork, vital statistics, valuation, and the TVR community, to whether a TVR Chimaera or Griffith will suit you and your lifestyle - this is the complete guide to choosing, assessing and buying the car of your dreams.

Author:Richard Kitchen
Specs:96 pages, 19.5 x 14 cm / 7.7 x 5.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:113 colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2017)
Series:The Essential Buyer's Guide
EAN:9781787115187
Book: TVR Chimaera and Griffith - All models (1992-2003) - The Essential Buyer's Guide

TVR Chimaera and Griffith - All models (1992-2003)

Language: English

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TVR (2000-2005) - Brooklands Performance Portfolio

Brooklands Portfolio book about the TVR models from the years 2000-2005. Describes the TVR Griffith, Chimaera, Tuscan, T350 C & t, Cerbera, Tamora, Typhon and Sagaris.

  • The 35 articles, taken from contemporary British and American car magazines, provide much information about history, model changes and technology.
  • Also driving impressions, tests, comparison tests, technical specifications, etc.

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Specs:128 pages, 27 x 18 x 0.9 cm / 10.6 x 7.1 x 0.35 in, paperback
Illustrations:200 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Brooklands Books (GB, 2006)
EAN:9781855207172
Book: TVR (2000-2005) - Brooklands Performance Portfolio

TVR (2000-2005)

Language: English

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A Life in Car Design - Jaguar, Lotus, TVR

Gives a unique insight into design and project work for a number of leading companies in the motor industry, including Jaguar, Lotus, TVR and General Motors.
The book recounts the author's experiences from within the industry, tracing the changes in the design process over a period of nearly 50 years, and follows his career at home and around the world.

It shows how the change from imperial to metric measurements and the growing use of computers revolutionised the quality and accuracy of modern vehicles. It also covers the issues and challenges of meeting project targets, and some of the issues that can deflect those efforts. It features previously untold stories, and is thoughtfully illustrated with historical engineering drawings and photographs.
As well as informing automobile enthusiasts it is also hoped that this book will inspire upcoming generations to consider a career in the creative field.

Features:
- A personal and in-depth look at car design from inside the industry
- Oliver Winterbottom's experience working for talented industry leaders Sir William Lyons, Jaguar; Colin Chapman, Lotus, and Martin Lilley, TVR
- The author's work with Guigiaro at ItalDesign, Turin, observing the design processes
- An account of working with Chinese companies to develop a new cultural understanding
- Producing new designs to severe time and cost restraints
- How the author developed suitable project processes for low volume built cars at GM USA
- An account of the privilege of working with Toyota Japan, and learning their approach to the motor industry
- The author's experience of extensive development projects for car safety and airbags.

Author:Oliver Winterbottom
Specs:160 pages, 26 x 22 x 1.9 cm / 10.25 x 8.7 x 0.75 in, hardback
Illustrations:200 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2017)
EAN:9781787110359
Book: A Life in Car Design - Jaguar, Lotus, TVR

A Life in Car Design - Jaguar, Lotus, TVR

Language: English

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TVR S-series : S1, S2, S3 / S3C, S4C & V8S (1986-1995)

Purchasing a TVR S-Series needn't be a daunting proposition. Led by a voice of experience - someone who works on these cars on a daily basis - this guide is the perfect accompaniment when viewing and buying one of these hand-built sports cars.
A TVR S-Series could be a potential bargain and, having this guide in your pocket will greatly improve your odds of finding a good one!

Packed with good advice, including a comprehensive evaluation system, this book considers running costs, paperwork, vital statistics, valuation, the TVR community, and whether a TVR S-series will suit you and your lifestyle.
This is the complete guide to choosing, assessing and buying the car of your dreams.

Author:Richard Kitchen
Specs:64 pages, 19.5 x 14 x 0.8 cm / 7.7 x 5.5 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:95 colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2018)
EAN:9781787112902
Book: TVR S-series : S1, S2, S3 / S3C, S4C & V8S (1986-1995)

TVR S-series : S1, S2, S3 / S3C, S4C & V8S (1986-1995)

Language: English

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Last update:15-06-2024