Quite apart from being thunderously fast, the TVR Griffith looked stunning, with organic muscular lines that were a far cry from TVRs of old.
On the inside the driver and passenger enjoyed a bespoke leather-and-walnut lined cockpit that bristled with innovative and tactile design features, many of them unique and machined from billet aluminium.
Based on the spaceframe chassis developed for the Tuscan race car, the first cars used Rover V8s reworked to give either 240bhp (4.0-litre) or 280bhp (4.3-litre), but things got even better in 1994 with the launch of the 340bhp (5.0-litre) Griffith 500 which could smash through 60mph in just 4.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 167mph.
Dating from July 1997 and finished in lovely metallic Sapphire blue with butterscotch leather and wool carpets, this pokey and raucous Griff’ 500 was supplied by Kerridges TVR of East Anglia and has had just three owners who’ve covered just 40,275miles over the last 22 years.
A look at the history file reveals the car has spent periods in storage, most notably between 2012 and 2016, suggesting the bulk of its 40k miles were covered during its first nine years. The service book comprises 11 stamps, plus one hand-written entry, albeit with supporting invoice. A current MOT runs until February 2020 with no advisories recorded and there’s the owner’s manual, a lever arch file of service and parts invoices including the most recent service in September 2019 at a cost of £381, ten old MOTs and original purchase invoice for £34,885.
In summary: a proper car for proper drivers.
Buyers please note, the private plate pictured ‘D1 SAY’ is not included. This registration will be retained by the vendor on successful fall of the hammer and the vehicle returned to its age-related plate ‘R262 YBJ’.