V8 GRF said:
Ginettas -- As mentioned a handful of roadcars, probaly around 100 race cars now but over a 7 - 8 year period
Caterham- Proper brand been going for years
Ultima- Like it or not they're a kit car and the majority wouldn't touch one with a 10 foot barge pole, again going for years, be interesting to know how many they've sold and how many of those are actually on the road
Kirkham -- Who? Unless you mean the Cobra replicas by Hawk? Again Kit car
Ariel -- Started small, niche product being going for about ten years slowy ramped up but not a copy of anything.
By the time your replicas had sold anything like the numbers you're talking about you'd have closed.
What point are you trying to make?
Ginetta may not sell in huge numbers but it has survived for a long time.
Caterham is no different to TVR in brand terms, it's another small niche player, its also survived for a long time.
Ultima being a kit car dose not change their sale figures. A fully built car may well be comparable to TVR in who it is likely to appeal to, a kit car arguably has less mass appeal so on balance their success is encouraging.
The Kirkham cobra is a top end replica with hand formed ally bodywork. If someone can can sell kits in this price bracket then it is very encouaging for a new TVR.
Ariel too have been going for a while and are very niche in appeal.
A new Tuscan would be comparable in appeal and build to many of these and arguably have more mass appeal than a kit or a more extreme niche product like the Ariel.
In other words, if there is room for Ariel, Ultima and kirkham they why not for a fully built car pitched at a similar sort of customer?
If these companies can survive on such products then why not TVR?
Where you may be right is that they are all doomed, that some day they will be unable to invest in what the future will require. But if you, or anyone else, actually wants a workable plan to bring TVR back I think my plan is the way to do it.