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1965 FIA TVR Griffith 400

Lot No.: 306

Registration: Not Specified
Chassis Number: 200/010
Engine Number: C5AE6015E
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 4727
Year of Manufacture: 1965
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): Result to follow

 

  • Race winning and multiple podium finishes (last 8 races: 5 wins, 1x 2nd, 1x 3rd)
  • FIA papers to 2025 and eligible for Masters Gentlemen Drivers, Guards Trophy, Classic K etc
  • Nigel Reuben chassis & body, magnesium diff with Hewland internals.
  • Ready to compete after a spanner check

 

The story of the TVR Griffith is now the stuff of legend. Supposedly, or so the story goes, North American racing driver and TVR USA importer Gerry Sagerman was having his personal race car, a MkIII Grantura, fettled in the workshop run by Jack Griffith at the same time as former TVR racer Mark Donohue was having his AC Cobra serviced there. Allegedly, Griffith's mechanics swapped the engines "because they could" and although the transplant didn't quite work, Griffith liked the idea and he then made it work with a fully engineered version. The original TVR Griffith was born.
The vast majority of the 300 or so Griffiths ever built (in two variants, the earlier Griffith 200 with the Mk III Grantura rear end and the later Griffith 400 with the 1800S based "Manx" tail) were for the US export market and probably less than 20 were sold in the UK. The Griffith 400 was fitted with the more powerful Ford 289 'HiPo', a larger radiator, twin electric fans, redesigned rear suspension and a Salisbury limited slip differential. As it weighed less than an AC Cobra it soon became a legendary racing car. 

This, right-hand drive TVR Griffith 400 dates from 1965 and is fitted with a Tuscan dashboard as we understand it was the last one built. It is a very special, race winning example with FIA papers valid until 2025 and is eligible for a variety of high profile events throughout the world.  The chassis and body are the work of Nigel Reuben Racing in Droitwich, the UK's leading experts when it comes to full race TVRs from this era and the only company that currently can build an FiA compliant TVR Griffith 400 as raced in period. The car was built and has been run by TT Motors in Dorset and some of its impressive results are detailed here:

April 2016 - HRDC Coys Trophy - Silverstone GP - 1st

April 2016 - HSCC Guards Trophy - Castle Combe - 3rd

May 2016 - HSCC Guards Trophy - Silverstone GP - 3rd

May 2016 - Masters Gentlemen Drivers 3 Hours - retired when leading

May 2016 - Masters Allcomers - Brands GP - 1st

July 2016 - HSCC Guards Trophy - Brands GP - 3rd  (from back of the grid)

April 2017 - CSCC Classic K at Thruxton: 1st

August 2017 - CSCC Classic K - Castle Combe - 1st 

Sept 2017 - CSCC Classic K - Brands GP - 2nd (despite 1-minute penalty due to wins above)

April 2018 - Silverstone National - HRDC Coys Trophy - 1st

August 2018 - HSCC Guards Trophy - Oulton Park 5th

The car is finished in a lovely shade of Starmist Green and sits on black-centred, five-spoke, classic American Racing wheels. The cockpit is tidy and well laid out and the seat is a Cobra Sebring Pro-Fit. As is normal, potential owners will need to satisfy themselves as to the eligibility and currency of safety-related items (cage, harness, extinguishers etc)
Running a magnesium diff with Hewland internals, this Griffith 400 is eligible for Masters 'Gentlemen Drivers', Guards Trophy, Classic K etc and the vendor informs us that this car is 'ready to compete'. Offering access to some of Europe's fastest and most exclusive historic race events this is a rare opportunity.