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I bought one of these a while back now, having lived near the Fernhurst TVR garage for most of life I saw these cars arrive on the forecourt shiny and new and LOUD! After selling my other car I discovered that I could whack £10k down as deposit and finance the rest of a Griff '88 reg. (This was in 1992) After much searching, well not really I went in and they had a s/hand green with full leather trim, new tyres and after an hour of filling in finance forms the car was mine to pick up the follwoing day. The guys at fernhurst are quite fond of the customers and they warned me about the power being deliverd to the back wheels both dry and wet weather, what the charactersitics of the car and when its likely to misbehave and general tips...perversely there was a wreck in the workshop where the owner parked it into a tree - not pretty. Driving the thing took a lot of getting used to and even though I bought mine in the summer months any hint of dew on the car in the morning and sodding thing refused to start unless I had prayed to god, vishnu, Buddha, Rex Harrison and the rest and slain a lamb in honour of the god of starter motors. When it got going the noise and burble burble braaaaaaap soon killed any ideas of burning the car to the ground.. its fast its raw and handles well enough unless you really get stcuk in and make it work..which is good fun.. But the whole package just simply fails in every way, exceot when everything comes together at once - imagine an orchestra all out of time and then suddenley it comes togther and perfection! Then it goes back to being crap for 99% of the time. What went wrong was constant and beyond irritating, oil decided it liked the car park in tescos so much it wanted to stay there, thus leaving me stranded. The electrics amused themselves by cutting out, shorting and most entertainly making all warning lights chime in at once.. Repeated trips to the garage
presuaded me that this baby had to go and fast. The guys at Fernhurst were sympathetic but being sales people claimed it was part of the charm..which was nice considering I had lost approx £5k to the charm of TVR. Looking back now I think that for all its problems I still love the way it looks, sounds and look forward to getting another TVR which has ironed a few of the gremlins that have been around before..
The TVR Griffth is a super quick car that zooms past any other on the road. The 5.0-litre V8 engine is just amazing and highly enjoyable to drive in. The sense of speed thrills you when you enter the car, and you know this is one of Britain's finest sports cars. I really enjoy staring at the TVR Griffth, loving the way it appears. It really is a brilliant car and it produces 320 bhp. The car has really nice comfortable leather seats which really makes you sit back and relax. The surprising thing about this TVR is that no air conditioning is present. Everything inside this car is brilliant as it is made very well. It is all very well screwed together (interior) and it is just exhilerating when you sit in it. I really love sitting inside this car (my friend owns one) and I always go green with envy. TVR are a quality British manufacturer (I hope they haven't been taken over!) and their cars combine speed and elegance with affordable prices. My friend may be rather wealthy, but ordinary people can still buy this car due to TVR's brilliant prices. The fuel economy and insurance group is the downside as they are very high! However, all this luxury will cost you..........'only' £33,000!
Came the day. Early August 1997, the day I picked up and drove the 5 litre V8 behomoth away as an owner.When you first drive it, a lot of different sensations overcome you, the awesome sense of power, the sheer speed of the thing, the linear sense of acceleration, this is your introduction to driving a TVR Griffith. After a while you start to become used to these initial feelings, as you progress, just like any emotional relationship, you begin to change. I began to change when I realised that there was nowhere near the advertised 320bhp, the figure TVR use to sell their product. It would greatly surprise me if any current production 5 litre Griff or Chimaera had 275bhp, let alone the claimed 320. My attempts to talk to the factory concerning this discrepancy via `phone calls and e-mail were met with stony silence. I enjoy driving the car nevertheless, just a feeling of being cheated now and again arises, soon forgoten when a deserted road beckons ahead, snick down a gear, gently squeeze the throttle, listen while the exhaust uniquely throbs its baritone message to you and you too will wonder what it would be like with the full quota of power its supposed to have.
i have a friend and he has saved his entire life to get one of these babies and OH MY GOD is it worth it. he was kind enough to take me for a spin in his new TVR Griffth 500, not quite a spin but more of a rip along the country roads where i live. After the other common cars had passed (obviously in the other direction) he turned to me and said "let me show u what she can really do." at this point i was pinned to the seat and not released until we had reached a good 80mph, and this was only due the fact that a sharpish corner was approaching. he gentlely applied the brake and we coasted round the corner at unbelievable speeds. i fell in love. this BEAST can do 0 - 60 in under 4 secs i believe, and reaches 100 in under 10. if u drive slow in this thing then it lets u know with the sound of the devil underneath the bonnet growling like a real car should. jsut buy one. no arguements, they won't fall apart on u like a ferrai and they don't cost half as much