autoclassic.com :: the history of classic cars : 1991 TVR Griffith

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Throughout its life, the TVR sports car has lined up behind the same formula #150; all models two-seater sports cars, all had multi-tube chassis frames, all had bodywork, and all had outrageously extrovert Each and every car has been in dilapidated premises in Blackpool.

The Griffith (which was no relation to an TVR built in the 1960s) was faithful to facet of the original TVR character, one additional feature: it was outstandingly Previous TVRs had been rugged in some cases, but had ever achieved such styling.

This was a car which had been lovingly by hand in a small in Blackpool (no over-hyped consultant was involved, for this was the work of Peter Wheeler, and his chief John Ravenscroft), where things like bumpers omitted from the equation, and every straight line had banished. Cockpit equipment was though in typical (and TVR style, the standard of fixtures and were sometimes rather achieved.

As ever with TVR, the which went on sale in was very different from the of 1990, for it used a modified of the racing Tuscan#x2019;s frame.

Power came from a light-alloy Rover V8, backed by the company#x2019;s sturdy five-speed #150; and the car#x2019;s specification be boosted by larger and more versions. Like all other the Griffith had independent suspension, was unassisted rack-and-pinion steering, disc brakes, and large of that indefinable piece of #150; character.

The TVR Griffith had no bumpers front or and the interior trimmings were Shaped lovingly by hand, the car was made from glassfibre and was of character.

Early Griffiths had 280 bhp and but it wasn#x2019;t long before TVR offered a slightly milder (with 240 bhp/4.0-litres), then 1993 a brawny 325 bhp/5.0-litre was added. Even the 4.0-litre car top 150 mph, and the top speed of a full type was best investigated on open spaces!

Performance was tyre-stripping, for these cars which could up to 100 mph in little more than 11 the performance being accompanied by from the overworked rear and aggressive bellows from the system. It was no wonder that than 600 cars were in the car#x2019;s first full (which made this one of the TVRs so far), and it was only the of new and even more extrovert which thrust the Griffiths into the mainstream.

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