Ex-TVR owner Peter Wheeler: 1944-2009

Ex-TVR owner Peter Wheeler: 1944-2009

Peter Wheeler

Few car companies have been as wild for as long as British sportscar maker TVR. And while the current status of the iconic manufacturer may not be entirely clear, it has lost a key figure who helped make it the unique marque that it is: former TVR owner Peter Wheeler has passed away after a brief illness.

After making his money in oil equipment, Wheeler purchased TVR back in 1981 from Martin Lilley and owned it until 2004, when he sold the firm to young Russian Nikolai Smolenski. Over the 23 years he was in charge Wheeler presided over not just the company’s financials but he was present in virtually every decision the specialty car maker made, from model choices to styling decisions. He even raced his company’s own vehicles in the TVR Tuscan Challenge.

Wheeler, 64, leaves behind a rich legacy of uniquely styled, uniquely uncompromised driver’s cars from a brand that hopefully still has a future.

Peter Wheeler

Few car companies have been as wild for as long as British sportscar maker TVR. And while the current status of the iconic manufacturer may not be entirely clear, it has lost a key figure who helped make it the unique marque that it is: former TVR owner Peter Wheeler has passed away after a brief illness.

After making his money in oil equipment, Wheeler purchased TVR back in 1981 from Martin Lilley and owned it until 2004, when he sold the firm to young Russian Nikolai Smolenski. Over the 23 years he was in charge Wheeler presided over not just the company’s financials but he was present in virtually every decision the specialty car maker made, from model choices to styling decisions. He even raced his company’s own vehicles in the TVR Tuscan Challenge.

Wheeler, 64, leaves behind a rich legacy of uniquely styled, uniquely uncompromised driver’s cars from a brand that hopefully still has a future.

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