FANS of the classic Blackpool sports car marque TVR are getting revved up after reports the brand has been sold to a British company.
The news has sparked hopes the famous TVR cars could make a comeback.
TVR was sold by Peter Wheeler in 2004 to Nikolai Smolenski who closed down the production facility at Bristol Avenue, Bispham, in 2009 and announced last year the car company was defunct and the name my be used on wind turbines.
But now he has sold the rights to Les Edgar, a businessman based in Dorking, Surrey, for an undisclosed fee.
John Bailie (pictured), TVR owner and member of the TVR Car Club said the news was an exciting development.
He said: “Ever since the debacle with Mr Smolenski there have been all sorts of rumours, this one seems to hold more promise than the others.
“It might be unlikely TVR car production would come back to Blackpool but we still have the skills and craftsmen in the area.
“TVR started in Blackpool and will always be associated with Blackpool, we don’t know what this man’s plans are but we are all interested.
“They took the Blackpool name across the world. I don’t know if the phoenix will rise again but this means there is certainly still an ember burning.”
Former TVR worker John Mleczek said: “I have spoken to a good source who says this is true. This man is a former owner of a TVR and a racing enthusiast so this is great news.”
Mr Edgar is keeping his plans under wraps at present but was reported to have said that it will take “as long as it takes to get this right” and that “a lot of planning and forethought has gone into this.”
Mr Edgar is listed at Companies House as being director of both TVR Manufacturing Ltd and TVR Automotive Ltd, since April 2013.