1992 TVR Griffith 400 Pre-Cat
MODEL: Griffith 400 (Pre Cat)
COLOUR: Cureton Green & Biscuit
This very early pre cat is from the first year of production in 1992. These early cars without the catalytic converters are loved by many for their free revving nature when compared to their somewhat strangled later counterparts. They also produced another 10hp due to the less restrictive exhaust system.
With a huge service history to back its mileage of 67,000 (inclusive of the odometer change) but also its fabulous fully original condition inside and out, it ticks all of the boxes of an ideal driveable investment. It still has its TVR book pack with all service stamps present and correct. It also comes with a huge file of history and receipts, the Steve Heath Bible and a workshop manual for the budding enthusiast. To add to the fantastic history file, this fabulously restored example now also comes with a copy of Practical Classics magazine where it was featured on the front cover!
Sitting pretty on its original, expensive and desirable Amil wheels, it really does look every part the 1990’s icon it was designed to be. The only upgrades from standard are a “big brake” upgrade on the front and an ACT smooth bore induction kit and smoked headlamp covers of which are sensible and do not detract from the car’s appearance. The all-important chassis and outriggers are in perfect all round condition, having been fully restored by us at HPC. A V8 Developments engine rebuild and a fresh stainless ACT exhaust system mean that every major item has been ticked off for the next ten years!
This particular Griffith has benefited from a thorough pre-sales service (12k in TVR language) comprising, clutch bleed, brakes, coolant, engine oil, diff & box oil, plugs & filters too.
With 250 Blackpool horsepower on tap, it will easily embarrass modern hot hatches. Add to that the utterly fabulous noise of the unmistakable pre-cat, with the roof off this really is a great car to drive. So good in fact that I personally own one that left the factory in exactly the same specification!
The engines in these cars sit so far back that not only are they technically mid-engined, but the gearbox will keep you warm in winter! They also handle a lot better than folklore would have you believe, so why not get in touch and find out for yourself just why these cars have got such a strong following. With the best owner’s club support, parts availability and upgrades available from many sources, looking after the car for generations to come will be no issue whatsoever.
HPC UPDATES: With HPC Classic’s ongoing commitment to only putting the best possible cars to market, this delightful pre cat has received the following TLC prior to sale in preparation to enable its happy new owner to drive and enjoy this appreciating classic for many trouble-free years to come, we are adamant you won’t find a better, more fresh car for the money:
- Full body off chassis restoration.
- Powder coated chassis.
- All new wishbones & bushes all round.
- Tractive suspension, custom valved for the Griff by Race Shocks, bushes & bolts at a cost of over £2.7k
- V8 Developments engine rebuild, with a ported head and medium valve upgrade.
- ACT stainless manifolds & gaskets.
- ACT stainless Y piece.
- New heat shields.
- New radiator.
- New coolant hoses.
- New fuel lines.
- New rear brake discs and pads.
- Rack boots & dust covers.
- Drop links.
- 4 New Uniroyal Rainsports.
- Full 12k service.
- New key fob and immobiliser delete.
- Interior refresh, including leather feed, newly veneered dash and a new alloy gear knob.
- New engine mounts.
- Handbrake cable.
- Front and rear wheel bearings.
- New fuel pump and filter.
- History file stored in a leather-bound folio for the new owner.
- Interior leather cleaned and restored.
- New MAF
- New Stepper motor
- Wheels newly refurbed
- Car cover included
- Just been set up and at 244bhp at 6,000RPM
This is as close to a brand new Pre-cat Griffith as you'll get, representing fantastic value for money considering the level of work undertaken.
TRANSMISSION: 5 speed manual
ENGINE CAPACITY: 3,952cc
Maximum speed 157 mph
Power 250 hp
0 – 60 in 4.7 seconds
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