TVR Future In Doubt – Again



There’s not been much in the way of festive cheer for workers at independent British sportscar maker TVR. In October they were told the historic factory in the seaside resort town ofBlackpool on the north-west coast was to close and be sold. A month later they learned the new assembly base wouldn’t be local but in mainland Europe, so they wouldn’t have jobs any more. In early December the spares division TVR Power was sold off. Now, the manufacturing arm – officially called Blackpool Automotive – has been put into receivership.


It’s fair to say the company is in chaos and trying to find out what’s happening is tricky. A voicemail message at the factory says everyone is on their Christmas holidays and due back on January 2. They weren’t, and the only person you can speak to is the security guard on the gate. He told us TVR staff aren’t allowed on the premises anymore and gave out the phone number of the official receiver.


We phoned him, but he won’t make any comment other than to say he’s been appointed by the director of Blackpool Automotive – but won’t say who that is. “We’re investigating the financial position of the company at the moment,” he told us. His first task will be to establish who owns what; he took possession of a factory full of car making equipment on December 29, but some, none, or all of it might or might not be the property of Blackpool Automotive.


So what of the actual car company? According to a statement on the website: “Normal business continues for the prestige sports car company and its network of authorized dealers and service centers throughout the U.K. and abroad. Current warranties and the supply of parts also remain unaffected.”


And of the future? The Web site states: “Our plans include appointing expert partners and outsourcing to more advanced facilities, which will ultimately mean a better product for everyone, both here in the domestic market and internationally.” Quite when fans can expect any new product is anyone’s guess.

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