excitement buildingMuseum’s New Arrival

The Lakeland Motor Museum at Backbarrow, situated close to the southern tip of Lake Windermere has an exciting new arrival in the form of a unique and important motor car, with an interesting north-west history and provenance.

The car will soon be the star attraction at the museum as the oldest existing TVR, being built by Trevor Wilkinson, in 1949. In 1947 he founded a small garage in his home town of Blackpool, called Trevcar Motors. Later, with partner Jack Pickard they started a separate company TVR Engineering, with the name being derived from Mr Wilkinson’s Christian name TreVoR.

The museum’s managing director Edwin Maher said: “This is the most important surviving part of TVR history; a small company established in Blackpool, that went on to produce stunning models favoured by many famous, discerning and enthusiastic buyers, looking for value and exceptional performance, combined with stunning looks”.

The car is actually the second to have been built by Trevor Wilkinson, with the first being damaged in an accident, dismantled and then the reusable components being incorporated within car number three.

The original number plate, FFV 62, has been retained and the log book details the date of first registration, as being the 3rd June 1952.

It was built as one of a series of specials which eventually led to the launch of a glassfibre bodied kit-car in 1954, followed by the first TVR series production model, the fabulous 1958 Grantura.

TVR went on to become one of the largest specialist sports car manufacturers, renowned for its iconic designs around the world.

This historic and impressive example of British ingenuity will be presented for public display at the Lakeland Motor Museum from the 19th February, when it will be shown as being additional to an already impressive array of many other veteran, vintage and classic marques, including motorcycles plus an abundance of automobilia.

Additional information available from Edwin L Maher, Lakeland Motor Museum.
Email: | Tel: 015395 30400

Photograph shows Edwin Maher and the oldest surviving TVR

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