Lot 199 - 1966 TVR 400
|Odometer reading||2,500 miles|
|Estimate||£85,000 - £95,000|
|Result||Sold - £95,200|
- One of only 56 produced worldwide
- Matching numbers
The TVR Griffith Series 400 is a two-door sports car produced by Griffith Motor Company in Plainview, New York , between 1964 and 1967. It was the successor to the TVR Griffith 200 featuring improved cooling via a larger radiator with twin electric fans, redesigned rear suspension, and a redesigned rear with better visibility and the round taillights. The standard engine in the 400 was the more powerful Ford 289 'Hi Po Cobra V8' Windsor Engine producing reputedly 308 bhp that was available in the Series 200 as an option. The 400 weighed a few more pounds than the 200 due mostly to the new Salisbury independent differential with a higher gear ratio giving it a higher top speed. Grantura Ltd of England designed the independent suspension for the TVR automobiles which later became the Griffith 200 and 400. The Griffith 400 had state-of-the-art unequal wishbone suspension all four corners and the car weighed significantly less than its contemporary, the AC Cobra, making it a very potent racing car. As the Series 400 cars were being produced in early 1965, the entire east coast of the US was crippled by a prolonged dock strike. This not only caused a disruption in the supply of the Series 400 bodies that were being shipped from TVR in Blackpool, UK, but also caused a delay in the shipment of the newer body design of the Series 600. Frank Reisner, whose Intermeccanica body works in Turin, Italy, were building the new steel bodied Griffith, was also unable to have the bodies shipped. Jack Griffith attempted to bring his car to the public by having these bodies airlifted across the Atlantic. With only 59 examples of the 400 worldwide, with an unknown number remaining, and the fact that some of the cars have been turned into race cars, this is a very rare road car.
This fabulous and rare sports car is presented in black with a deep burgundy leather interior and was restored between 2008 and 2011 at a cost of over £104,000 including the original purchase price. It has covered approximately 2,500 miles since this rebuild. Its 4.7 litre V8, derived from the AC Cobra, provides exhilarating performance pushing out circa 300 bhp. Its brutish looks and fabulous sounding V8 make this stand out amongst rivals of similar stature. With very few of these sports cars still around, this surely must be one for the collector but, for those willing to push the boundaries, can be used for great punishment on the road. The Griffith Motorcar Company in North Carolina, USA have the owner history on file in the Griffith Registry and have confirmed that it is indeed a genuine Griffith. A rare opportunity to purchase a bit of history.
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