TVR Griffith 500
- Mileage: 18,746
- Year: 1999
- MOT Expiry: January 2019
- Exterior Colour: Iris Blue Metallic
- Interior Colour: Cream and Navy Blue Leather
- Top speed: 169
- 0-60mph: 4.1
- BHP: 340
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 4988cc
- Engine Configuration: V8
Arguably Peter Wheeler’s finest design, the second generation Griffith was launched in 1990 to rave reviews, reputedly with orders being placed every 8 minutes during the 1990 Birmingham Motor Show! The Griffith was a seismic moment in TVR’s history and was a genuine challenge to the traditional automotive order of the day.
Five variants of the Griffith were built, namely the Griffith 400, 430, 430BV, 500 and 500 SE with approximately 2,600 cars produced before production ceased in 2002.
The Griffith 500 utilised a 4988cc alloy V8 mated to the Borg Warner T5 gearbox. Power was rated at 340hp with 350 lb/ft of torque. Performance was lively and often required close attention, especially in the wet!
With Peter Wheeler looking to the future, the ambition was for TVR to create its own engine for the Griffith, but it was not to be. That engine was produced, however, and is known as the AJP V8 and was used in later TVR models.
Iris Blue Metallic paint, Two tone leather upholstery, Stainless steel dash fascia, Removable carbon fibre roof panel, Leather steering wheel, Electrically adjustable door mirrors, Electric windows, Alpine CD player, Dash clock, Oil pressure gauge, Battery voltage meter, Remote central locking, Alarm, Immobiliser, Spare key.
Resplendent in Iris Blue the fibreglass bodywork appears in pristine condition throughout. The metallic paint is showing no signs of age or wear, and presents with a depth of shine that is really quite stunning – our studio photographs don’t do it justice! The complementing blue hood and removable carbon roof panel also retain a perfect, unworn appearance.
The Griffith has just returned from an inspection that found the underside to be in excellent, structurally sound condition. A common issue with TVRs can be rusted outriggers that are extremely costly to put right. Formerly part of a collection, this example has always been garaged when not in use. As such it remains in very good order underneath with no signs of any damage or cause for repair.
The beautifully crafted upholstery is well appointed in the two tone colour scheme of navy blue and cream. Soft and supple leather covers not only the seats but extends right across the doors and dashboard before it wraps its way around the transmission tunnel and into the rear. All the leather is in exceptional condition with not a single mark or scratch to report. The dash fascia panel is stainless steel and features an oil pressure gauge, dash clock, and voltmeter with the usual array of switches and counters. Everything works as it should with positive and precise movements of the switchgear, just as if the car was new.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The Griffith 500 is equipped with the TVR developed 5-litre V8, which roars into life with a deep and aggressive exhaust note. With 340hp on tap and a 0-60 time of little over 4 seconds, driving the 500 at full pelt is certainly not for the faint hearted. Despite its low mileage this example has been well maintained at close mileage intervals. Most recently Racing Green Cars carried out a major service at 18,578 miles.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The seven-spoke alloys are curb-free and in flawless condition all round. They are wrapped in matching Toyo tyres; the fronts have plenty of tread remaining and the rears were replaced less than 200 miles ago. On test the brakes feel strong, with new rear discs and pads having just been fitted at the current mileage.
The TVR was first registered in April 1999. It was supplied new by WLA Specialist Cars in Kent and has had only two keepers since that time. The second owner purchased the car way back in 2003 and has kept it garaged ever since. The History File is complete with a stack of invoices, MOT certificates, and the original TVR owner’s handbook. The Griffith has been serviced at the following mileages: 1k, 2k, 6k, 9k, 10k, 11k, 15k, and most recently at 18k miles by Racing Green Cars.
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