Classic Cars – TVR Griffith
In June 1992 the Griffith was first road tested by Autocar and Motor, the findings of these tests was not only music to the ears of TVR but to all of the enthusiasts who desperately wanted the new car to be right.
The magazine wrote "TVR might just have re-written the rulebook on sports cars for all time, just as Jaguar did with the E-Type years ago. The cars list of tangible assets, thundering performance, fantastic looks, builds quality and with a £27,000 price tag it would seem more appropriate in a fairy tale".
This classic car was at the pinnacle of modern TVR road car production. Its combination of Tubular Steel Chassis, Glass Fibre body styled by TVR themselves and a 280bhp, 4.3 Litre, V8 Engine resulting in 160 mph of performance.
On the open road the Griffith is as sensational as it looks, with performance capabilities being more than enough to shame other supercars that were at many times the price. Its driving position is low but visibility is not compromised, the Griffith feels small, but its performance is huge, with Big Bore exhausts and a familiar V8 thunder, it sounds like a TVR and goes like a rocket. It is slick enough for a top speed of around 160mph, powerful enough for 0-60mph in under 5 seconds and 0-100mph in just over 11 seconds with the flexibility and gearing to give 50-70mph in less than 3 seconds in Third Gear.
These are all impressive figures by any standards and are matched by fantastically strong brakes dealing with just over a ton of car with the driver and fuel included – it is very fitting car lovers have made this beauty a classic.
When TVR first started in 1947 – the Blackpool based company had no idea that by 1992 they would overtake Lotus as the main British builder of low volume, very high performance sports cars.