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One-off TVR prototype to front Wildcards class at London Concours 2024

  • May 5, 2024
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One-off TVR prototype to front Wildcards class at London Concours 2024

The London Concours – the capital’s leading automotive garden party – is set to host a celebration of automotive eccentricity with its 2024 ‘Wildcards’ class. The year’s event, running from 4th to 6th June at the Honourable Artillery Company, will feature a curated selection of the rarest and most spectacular cars, each boasting its own unique story and character.

The Wildcards class at London Concours promises to offer visitors a one-of-a-kind experience, showcasing some of the most extraordinary automobiles ever produced. From classic icons to bespoke creations, each car in the line-up is unique in its craftsmanship, and innovation.

Central to the showcase will be the truly wild Scamander, the brainchild of former TVR boss Peter Wheeler. Conceived as a machine that could blend both on and off-road prowess and with the potential for aquatic adventure, the amphibious Scamander was a creation like no other, making it perhaps the ultimate ‘wildcard’.

The Scamander boasted a distinctive design, even by the wild standards of TVR, with three seats nestled beneath a sleek sliding canopy, and an elongated body that half-hull, half aircraft fuselage. For Wheeler, this automotive marvel was a passion project that extended beyond his years owning the Blackpool marque. Initially equipped with a modest 2.0-litre engine, the Scamander was later fitted with a mid-mounted 275hp Ford V6, channelling its power through an automatic transmission to the rear wheels.

Despite Wheeler’s work, and the Scamander’s emergence as a functioning prototype in 2008, it never entered production, and the car that will be on show this June remains the only one in existence. Recently re-commissioned after 12 years lying dormant with help from Harry Metcalfe, EVO founder and YouTube star with Harry’s Garage, the Scamander will be making its first public appearance for many years when it rolls into the HAC grounds this June.

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