The TVR Griffith was yet another example of the melding of an English chassis and an American power plant in the 1960s. After the runaway success of the Shelby Cobra and following in the well worn rut created by earlier examples of the combo like the Allard, the TVR Griffith was at least as hardcore as the others and maybe more so. The cars were conceived by Jack Griffith an east coast Ford deal who liked racing. The TVR weighed 1,450lbs before the engine and transmission were installed and he felt that their advanced engineering and construction combined with the light weight would make them an awesome track car.
He was right but they were also tough to drive because of their flyweight nature and their complete lack of wheelbase. This particular car did not have those kinds of problems though. Why? It was a drag car! Yes, not only was it a drag car but it was raced with regularity at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire. Equipped with the 271hp version of Ford’s 289ci small block engine the thing must have hustled. Our favorite part of the whole car? The areas above the real wheel wells where an undoubtedly large pair of slicks cut themselves right through the fiberglass body when the car squatted on them, obviously at the hit of the throttle.
The vintage AHRA sticker on the back leads us to believe that this car may have competed at the track during their AHRA Grand American national events. The olds school black New England Dragway kill sticker is evidence that it whooped up on someone at least once back then. We’re guessing it ran in a modified sports car category or something of that nature.
With only 2,400 miles on the odometer, this has to be one of the lowest milage 1965 TVR Griffith examples ever found. Shipped from England in blue, the first owner wanted the car orange so he had the dealer repaint the thing. Also, it has all five of the original wheels and all five of the ORIGINAL TIRES! Yeah, this thing is a time capsule for sure.