In 2006 the last TVR rolled off the production line, ending the sad decline of a distinctive British sports car marque with a heritage dating back to the 1940s.

Under the new ownership of Russian oligarch Nikolai Smolensky, the brand is being revivified, sort of.

TVR’s new oligarch owner reveals plans to reissue the cars

While there have been delays in creating a new model, dubbed the MD-1, based on the old Tuscan S chassis, for the moment the firm, now based in Austria, plans to overhaul, upgrade and update existing examples, including brand-new engines.

We’ve always had a soft spot for TVRs so would look forward to any new iteration.

Meanwhile, here’s a look at a hot model from the 1960s—the car we mean—from the marque’s heyday.

If they can come up with something half as sexy, we’d say the future of the firm is assured…

[via JamesList]