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Lot 168: TVR Tuscan Coupé

Goodwood Revival Sale, Bonhams (15 September 2012)

Founded in Blackpool in the late 1940s by Trevor Wilkinson, TVR began by making various 'specials' before introducing its first series production model – the TVR Sports Saloon – in 1954, most of which were sold in kit form. The car that really put TVR on the map though, was the Grantura. Launched in 1958, the Grantura used a multi-tubular spaceframe chassis with Volkswagen trailing-link independent suspension all round, which was clothed in very pretty glassfibre coachwork that set the pattern for TVRs for years to come. The generously proportioned engine bay could accommodate a wide variety of engines, those of Ford and BMC being the most popular, while Grantura owners intending to go racing, as many of them did, usually specified the 1.2-litre overhead-camshaft Coventry Climax FWE unit. Like AC's Cobra before it, TVR's first big-engined sports car combined an existing chassis with American V8 power. In TVR's case the MGB-powered Grantura III was transformed by the installation of a 4,727cc Ford V8, the resulting Griffith model quickly gaining a reputation for awesome straight-line speed and 'interesting' handling. The Griffith only lasted from 1963 to 1965 but TVR revived the formula in 1967 for the Tuscan. The latter was based on the contemporary Vixen and once again Ford's 4.7-litre V8 provided the motive power. Sadly for TVR, the Griffith had also gained a reputation for poor build quality and a general lack of refinement, and despite the Tuscan being a much improved car, customers were hard to find. This rare TVR was owned and developed over a lengthy period in the 1960/1970s by race engineer by Mervyn Aldridge of Powerspeed, including the substitution of a five speed gearbox for the original four-speeder. Totally rebuilt in 2001, with rebuilt engine, new electrics and new interior, 'APA 778H' is now in concours condition, as clean underneath as it is on top. Finished in red with black vinyl interior, the car is offered with restoration invoices and current MoT/tax.

Lot Details
Auction Goodwood Revival Sale
Bonhams, Chichester, Goodwood
Lot Number168
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating1
Registration numberAPA 778H
Chassis numberLVX13306
Engine number68195903
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2