TVR Griffith, a blast then and now – Autoweek

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TVR Griffith

, a blast then and now

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gearhead could want more–a potent Ford 289 in a luscious 1,800-pound fiberglass with a just small wheelbase to cause even the faithful to pray aloud in turns.

It’s the TVR Griffith, and not for the faint of heart when to its limits. Mike Mooney that only too well.

#8220;Of the 262 built, I drove 255 of them. And my boss was Mark said Mooney, Griffith original factory test who today owns the Griffith Co. in Claremont, N.C.

Griffith were built in the United and shipped to the United States, they were constructed and on Long Island, N.Y. For of the car company’s life, Mooney, a police office responsible for the Long Island Expressway, the 11-mile stretch of road to the new Griffiths.

With some training Donohue, who worked for Griffith joining the Penske race Mooney became an astute who helped ensure that Griffith produced was capable of the bejesus out of its new owner.

#8220;You to respect the 85.5-[inch] wheelbase, the front end and rear end like to places a lot,#8221; Mooney with a grin.

According to his Griffith registry, of the 262 built–which include the 200 Series, the 400 and the 600 Series–he has knowledge of about This past year, he of the existence of three #8220;missing#8221;

At a Griffith gathering last at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a dozen Griffiths were on including an immaculate example by Tom Shelton, a former Ferrari who loves Ford-powered cars. He his 400 Series car about five ago.

#8220;The big thing about a is that the chassis needs to be Fortunately, this was a Colorado car for a long time, as well as a car that held quite a few titles.#8221;

With the help of a Shelton removed the flared he found on the Griffith and replaced with the correct fenders, available in England. And, from a few cosmetic improvements and the of chrome wire wheels, the car is much as it was found.

#8220;It is a blast to drive!#8221; he #8220;You can double-clutch it real and heel and toe it. It’s a little on short turns because of the wheelbase, but it turns in real and it will come out of a corner

While you might think would command big bucks, said good cars are sold for about $20,000, of the country’s weak economy. that’s not too bad when you consider a Griffith cost about new.

For more information about cars, visit Mooney’s Web at www.mikemooney.com .

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