A Shop Filled With Rare British Sports Cars Just Burned Down

Farewell, sweet princes.

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Send your car to a mechanic and, in the process of fixing one problem, he might create a new one. While most wrenchers are conscientious, sometimes drills get dropped. Lifts fail. Accidents happen. But this? This is a something else entirely.

An estimated £600,000 of rare and expensive European metal went molten in one heartbreaking inferno, at Central Sports Cars in Stourbridge, West Midlands. The cause remains undetermined, but the the majority of the destruction befell late-model TVR sports cars. We spot Griffiths, 450s and Cerberas, which are no longer produced. Over 30 firefighters fought the blaze. Of 18 cars, eight were saved.

It’s hard to see any vehicle destroyed (usually) and it’s especially painful to see the blackened, twisted wreckage of genuinely rare and prized beasts. TVR’s quirky shapes and loud engines filled a special niche in the sports car landscape. We miss the brand, and all our best to the owners: TVR, the company, may be dead, but it’s too early for cremation. Photos, for the strong of stomach.