July 2, 2013
The Sagaris Has Returned!
After living under a rock for somewhere in the neighborhood of a decade, the British car company TVR has finally decided to make a valiant return to the game and pick up where it left off. So, what better way to jump straight back in the competition than to bring the Sagaris along for the ride?
But, before we get into that, the million dollar question is how could a company the likes of TVR and a car the likes of the Sagaris just be buried under the confines of time for so long? The story goes a little something like this; way back in 2004 the Russian owner Nikolai Smolenski bought the automaker for somewhere around 15 million pounds and has been spinning the wheels of the company ever since (get it!).
What was he doing all of this time with the company is anyone’s guess, but the best one would be he’d been getting his own custom made cars to drive around while he’s not driving his other custom made cars around. There were even rumors that the guy even hinted at switching gears to wind turbines (seriously, what the hell?). Whatever the case may be, the actions of TVR will forever be a mystery, but at least that chapter of the lost auto company is now in the past since the arrival of a new UK owner named Les Edgar bought the whole shebang for some ungodly price and he intends to get the ball rolling again.
And that brings us back to the gorgeous Sagaris.
It’s just as gorgeous as the mind could imagine. The folks at TVR are particularly sure what form the car could take, but I’m sure it would resemble that of its ancestors. Unfortunately, since the car is still in production, there are no further specs on things such as horsepower or anything related. But it is good to hear the current owner is very adamant about preserving the brand’s heritage.
In an interview with Top Gear, Edgar stated “You can’t let these great brands disappear or go abroad,” he said. “The starting point was ‘let’s get it back’. There’s a huge amount of passion with the TVR brand. You’d be hard-pushed to find a British car brand that generates so much passion.”
I definitely understand where he is coming from, especially considering the breathe of work from the car company. The car itself just screams the pride of the British auto industry and I would like to see a lot more of these unique cars from the reincarnated corporation.
I’m glad to see even more diversity added to the well-versed melting pot of the global car culture and even happier to see more cars with an international flavor to them (coming from a North American perspective) hitting the market. Hopefully, the dormant TVR turns out to be a sleeping giant and comes back swinging because I have high hopes for them.
As for the poor bums that won’t be able to afford the car (which is the majority of us), I’m sure the next Need for Speed game will have this beauty in the car lineup; you know, so we could all at least get a taste of the life of extravagant wheels.
Image Credit: Nate Bodansky