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.

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.