One of the rare delights on offer is a 1965 Griffith 200, very much the new model’s inspiration and, with a guide price of £70-80,000, not so different on the price front either.
The Griffith 200 was a fibreglass-bodied TVR Grantura with a Ford V8 stuffed into its nose in the Anglo-American manner of the Shelby Cobra. Normal British Granturas had polite four-pot Ford Kent or BMC B-series engines, so give one of these lightweight “bitsa” cars a booming 4.7-litre Ford bent eight with 195bhp and oodles of torque and you can imagine the result. It flew.
Almost 200 were produced. While regular Grantura production carried on in Blackpool some bodies and chassis were exported to US car dealer Jack Griffith who converted them to V8 spec – not much more to that than shoehorning the engine in apparently – and sold them in America as Griffiths. In the US it was never a TVR Griffith, just the Griffith 200.
The car Bonhams is selling at Revival on Saturday September 9th was originally sold new by a Ford dealership in Alaska where it proved itself in… ice racing. It swapped snow for sun in the early 1990s with a move to California and a new owner who fully restored the car, complete with new chassis, but who otherwise kept it original.