I have to say, after the reveal that wasn't a reveal at the London Motor Show (the styling model stayed resolutely under its sheet) I want to be convinced by Edgar this is for real and we are going to see a new TVR in the near future. I hope so. A back to basics British sporting coupe with a V8 by Cosworth and built under Gordon Murray's innovative iStream manufacturing process in a new factory in Wales sounds right up my street. A TVR owner (in both senses), Edgar won't be drawn on the cars from the back catalogue he favours for fear of people reading too much into it. But his tastes are clear from other cars in his collection, including one of the mad twin-supercharged Aston Martin Vantage V600s.
And when I look at the market he's aiming the new car at Aston Martin seems the obvious benchmark – bold, distinctively British and with a wild streak at heart. The new V12 Vantage S with its back to basics manual gearbox seems, to me, exactly the kind of car Edgar would like to be building.
Referring back to that classifieds search it seems the market is in a state of flux. The wild-looking Sagaris that represents TVR's final act before things all went tits up is clearly a desirable and – subsequently – expensive car, low '60s your entry level. Iconic '90s models like Cerberas, Griffiths and Chimaeras that, to traditionalists, symbolise the Wheeler era golden age also seem popular. Likewise Tuscans.