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1960 TVR Grantura Series I

Lot No.: 946

Registration: 349 PTB
Chassis Number: 7F145
Engine Number: 109E6060T3
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1500cc
Year of Manufacture: 1960
Sold for (£): Unsold

The TVR Grantura is the first model in a long line of TVR cars debuting in 1958 and going through a series of developments leading from the I to IV and 1800S models with the last ones being made in 1967. Hand-built at the TVR factory in Blackpool, they came with varying mechanical specifications using Austin-Healey brakes, VW Beetle or Triumph suspension parts and BMC rear axles.

The Grantura bodyshell was made from glass-reinforced plastic and the power-plant could be chosen from overhead valve engines from Ford, a Coventry Climax unit or the MGA B-series engine.

This car is a very rare Series 1 Grantura, of which only 100 were made. The 45th off the production line, it is powered by a Ford pre-crossflow 1500cc engine. Purchased by the current owner as a complete project in 2009, it was subsequently the subject of a £25,000 restoration with leading marque specialists.

TVR specialist David Gerald took care of the running gear, chassis and engine and the shell and interior were prepared and superbly finished by Mark Goodacre in the stunning period Aston Martin colour of Roman Purple.
 
In December 2013, the car was finally finished and since then has been used sparingly. Supplied with its original green buff log book, details of previous owners, and bills for work carried out, this exceptionally rare Grantura is very attractive indeed. As the original model that launched the now well-known and loved TVR Brand, this example represents an exciting opportunity for any collector.