Circa 15,000 miles from new 1992 TVR Griffith Roadster Registration no. K984 WPA Chassis no. SDLDGN3P4PK011005 Engine no. 47A43P871
With the introduction of the Griffith in 1991, TVR resurrected one of the great model names from its past. Considerably more refined than its predecessor yet even faster, the new Griffith was a sleek open roadster powered by the Rover V8 engine in various capacities, the example offered here having the 4.3-litre 280bhp variant. The multi-tubular backbone chassis was a short-wheelbase development of the Tuscan race-car's and thus the Griffith came with wide-base, unequal-length wishbone suspension all round. The top speed of the 4.3-litre version was around 160mph and it cost a relatively affordable £28,295, so it was hardly surprising that TVR was swamped by orders when the Griffith was announced. The fact that it accelerated faster than a Ferrari Testarossa or Porsche 911 Turbo, models costing many times as much, did nothing to hinder sales, which were further boosted by the build quality: the Griffith was easily the best-built car TVR had ever produced.
This TVR Griffith roadster was purchased new by the current vendor. On taking delivery, the owner found the racing-specification front suspension uncomfortably stiff and returned the car to the factory to have a more compliant option fitted. When ordering the car he also specified the 'big valve' engine option. 'K984 WPA' has been used sparingly, covering circa 15,000 miles to date, and has been dry stored when not in use. The car comes with MoT to March 2016 and a V5C registration document, and we are advised that service records confirming the low mileage will be available at time of sale.