The TVR Griffith quietly snuck up on the 1990 British Motor Show in Birmingham. It wasn’t a surprise that an astonishing 350 people releasing a deposit check after the TVR promises a 240bhp V8 engine.
Styled by TVR Boss Peter Wheeler and John Ravenscroft, the Griffith marked the true beginning of TVR’s renaissance as a maker of desirable, serious fast and affordable supercars. As much credit that can be dealt out to this new car, its far from finished.
It was based on an S chassis that was at its very best coping with the 4.0-litre V8 engine that would be the entry-level model. With a much more stronger frame, the TVR will stand a chance to hold the 4.3-litre engine which currently boasted 280bhp and makes it faster to 120mph than the standard Ferrari Testarossa or the Porsche 911 Turbo. Sales got off to a flying start, with 716 of the early 4.0- and 4.3-litre cars delivered up to the end of 1993.
Then TVR decided to supplement these engines with a 5.0-litre V8 motor with 380bhp, which sold steadily throughout the rest of its life. By the end of 1997, the Griffith 500 had notched up 1179 sales, while the final 100 models sold in 2001 were Special Edition.
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