Not that long ago though they stumbled from one financial crisis to another over three eventful decades. A remnant of the time that wedge-shaped sports cars powered by Ford Granada engines ruled the earth can be found in Brundle's (01553 811811) showroom, near King's Lynn. This TVR Tasmin (named after the owner's ex-girlfriend) has covered just 6,800 miles, is automatic and open-topped. The Eighties are back, apparently, and this Seventies throwback bought from the family firm of ex-Formula One driver and current expert commentator Martin would make the perfect collector's item at just pounds 8,950.
The UK's largest car manufacturer, London Taxis International aside, is Blackpool's very own TVR. Their combination of handsome lightweight glassfibre bodies and powerful engines has been a recipe for success.