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  • Johnny's New TVR

    What with the Peter Wheeler era cars now approaching the magic 30 year old mark I thought it was high time I found another TVR. After selling my Chimaera earlier this year I was immediately keeping an eye out for a replacement.

    A car cropped up for sale on the outskirts of London about a month ago that ticked all of (well most of) the boxes. So I headed over to take a look last weekend. I got the train from the airport to the local station where the seller kindly agreed to meet me and we headed the short distance to his house, where he had a very tidy, Griffith shaped, garage!

    The seller was a gentleman and guided me through all the paperwork, showed me around the car, pointing out recent works that have been undertaken along with some very minor areas for improvement.

    The car is a 1992, early model Griffith 400. That means it has the 4.0L Rover V8 (the smallest engine in the Griff line up). The claimed output was around 240bhp which is generally believed to be, well, "optimistic". We went out for a drive and this car really is all about the low down torque and the ability to pick up speed at low revs. Weighing in at just over a tonne it is lively to say the least.

    It's the same engine and gearbox (Rover LT77) I had in my Chimaera but as the Griffith is a couple of years older it is a pre-cat version. More noise, hopefully a little more power and certainly just as many, if not more, smiles 😀 You really can't help but smile and laugh driving these cars.

    It has had a lot of recent work including suspension, exhaust and wheel refurb to name a few. There is a big folder of receipts with some large bills over the past 5 years from some well respected TVR specialists in the UK. This was comforting and worrying in equal measures! However, it does seem a lot of work and preventative maintenance have been carried out.

    So back to Stanstead airport I went, telling myself that I would sleep on the decision as the noise kept reverberating around in my head.. let's be honest, my mind was already made up. I contacted the seller on Monday to arrange for a deposit to be transferred. We have agreed that I will collect the car in January.

    A little bit of useless information:

    Peter Wheeler acquired TVR in the early 1980s and developed the company, bringing around it's most successful era in the 1990's. The secret to success was putting the RV8 in to their line of sports cars, creating some absolutely incredible cars such as the 450 SEAC and the V8-S (markcro - looking at you!), along with the introduction of the curvaceous Griffith and Chimaera (and later Cerbera).

    Interestingly, Wheeler was not the first man to put a V8 in a TVR. A man by the name of Jack Griffith had acquired the rights to market TVR in the USA and came up with the idea in 1964. Over a dinner he was having with a chap called Carroll Shelby (ever heard of him?), Griffith claimed he could build a car that could outperform an AC Cobra. The rest, my friends, is history.

    The TVR community in Ireland is growing all the time and it is a great club to get involved in. There is an example of almost every TVR production model here in Ireland so it's a fantastic scene.

    As the saying goes, buy a TVR 😎

    Sent from my SM-A528B using Tapatalk
    Last edited by Johnny 89; 07-12-2022, 12:15 PM.

  • #2
    Wholeheartedly endorse this purchase. Best of luck with it and enjoy!


    • #3
      nice one... is it January yet??


      • #4
        Buy a TV....errrr oh wait, he did! Well done!
        Sent from my diamond encrusted yacht off the coast of Skull island


        • #5
          Thanks all, I know.. January can't come soon enough. I'm looking forward to that first big drive!


          • #6
            Nice one. Surely these ones should be PTRs rather than TVRs 😁


            • #7
              Originally posted by shaggy View Post
              Nice one. Surely these ones should be PTRs rather than TVRs 😁
              That's excellent shaggy, hadn't heard that before


              • #8
                Here's the decals you'll need. PTR is an obscure 90s German BMX freestyle company.


                • #9
                  Great to see this. Happy New Year Johnny 89!


                  • #10
                    That PTR BMX is '80stastic, love it!

                    Cheers, something to look forward to in the new year anyway.


                    • #11
                      Brilliant Johnny...delighted. you went through with it.

                      Sent from my SM-A516B using Tapatalk


                      • #12
                        Nice, January in a TVR, now that’s lively
                        I’m standing in a field full of sheep, is it wrong that I feel aroused?? 🤨🤪


                        • #13
                          Very cool Johnny congrats, about time someone finally bought a TVR
                          Vtec addict


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bazg2 View Post
                            Nice, January in a TVR, now that’s lively
                            I drove my old Chimera in all weather's. One morning in p1s$ poor visibility and driving snow I was asked by another petrolhead was I suic****. Nought like a lightweight RWD with buckets of low-down torque shod with Bridgestone S02's on the rear and Toyo T1-R's on the front to keep you alert. Damn toasty heaters too I have to say....


                            • #15
                              Look forward to seeing it, do you attend the Bray C&C ever?


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