This Griffith Series 200 is a hybrid fiberglass coupe powered by a Ford 289-cubic inch V8 with factory tri-power carburetion and four-speed transmission. It was a project of Jack Griffith and Mark Donohue in the Griffith assembly plant in Syossett, NY. These cars were imported as basic TVRs and mated with the Ford drive-train. The advertised price in 1965 was $3,995, and the dry weight was 1,450 pounds. Performance was startling, with a zero-to-sixty mph time of 4.9 seconds. With independent suspension designed by Grantur, Ltd., of England, the handling was superb, and the rack-and-pinion steering was very precise. The chassis is multi-tubular, with a wheelbase of 85.5 inches an overall length of 138 inches. This example has just completed a five-year restoration.
The Griffith 200 was sold in the UK as the TVR Griffith and in the United States as the Griffith 200. The Griffith 200 was powered by a 289 cubic-inch Ford engine and had many similarities to the TVR Grantura MKIII. The engine produced around 200 horsepower and some believe this is the source of the name '200'. A HiPo engine boosted horsepower to 270.
The cars sat atop of a short wheelbase, had a lightweight body skin, and a very powerful engine. Zero-to-sixty took just under five seconds, all for around $4000. It is believed that just under 200 examles of the Griffith 200 were produced. By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2010
TVR Engineering was formed in 1947 by TreVoR Wilkinson in Blackpool. The TVR Griffith began as the brainchild of Jack Griffith in 1962. Griffith ran a car repair workshop in the US for patrons such as Gerry Sagerman and Mark Donohue who had both driven a TVR Grantura at Sebring in 1962. Legend has it that Griffith decided to see if he could drop the Ford V8 from Donohue's AC Cobra into Sagerman's TVR. It didn't fit but the idea prompted further conversations. Griffith wanted TVR to supply him with modified TVR Grantura chassis without engines or transmission and TVR jumped at this idea. The Griffith 200 could either be fitted with a 195 horsepower motor or a Hi-Po 289 that pumped out 271 horsepower. Performance was virtually unbelievable at zero-to-sixty mph in 3.9 seconds and a 150 mph top speed.
This car is the last built of the 181 Griffiths.
This is chassis number 11 of the 192 Series 200 Griffiths built. The owner is the former factory test driver for Griffith Motors. Original delivered price was $4,995. Received 'Best in Class' at Lowes Motor Speedway Auto Fair in 2006.
Ford dealer Andrew 'Jack' Griffith campaigned an early Shelby Competition Cobra. Driven by Bobby Brown and Mark Donahue, it was painted Viking Blue and wore the number 41. Jack's success with this car inspired him to build his own Anglo-American monster. TVR, a builder of sports cars in Blackpool, England, was contracted to supply body-chassis units. Ford furnished their new 289 cubic-inch V8 and four-speed transmission. This hybrid was named the Griffith Series 200. Period magazine articles raved about the car's brutal acceleration and revealed Jack's plan to campaign a Griffith factory racer.
Sold new in November of 1965 by Bailey Motors in Middletown, CT, this car is number 154 of 192 built. The original owner managed only 1,904 miles before crashing. The resulting 42 years of storage ended upon its purchase and restoration in 2008. The featured paint scheme is modeled after Jack's Competition Cobra.
In 1963, Jack Griffith had the idea of placing a 289 cubic-inch American V8 into a small English sports car. As history has it, this became the Griffith 200 Series car.
In March of 2007, Jack Griffith, with help from the 'Griffith Garage,' installed a Ford 427 cubic-inch V8 into the car. The result was the 427 SC (Super Coupe) 200 series car. Throughout the build, they had worked to achieve the first 427 SC 200 Series car. Jack Griffith has acknowledged and conferred on the process of creating the world's first 427 FE powered Griffith 200.
This is one of 57 series 400 cars constructed at the Griffith assembly plant in Syosset, New York. The Griffith is a fiberglass bodied car, using a Ford 289 cubic-inch V8 with triple carburetors. They were very quick, running 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds.
The first owner was reported to have lost his drivers' license late one night in 1965, when he was caught doing 140 MPH in a 35 MPH zone. It was then sold to a second owner, and became a drag racing champion from 1966 to 1970. Next, it was sold to a Connecticut collector, where it sat, in pieces, for over 30 years.
The present owners have completed extensive mechanical and cosmetic upgrades. The tweed upholstery, transmission, fender flares and other drag racing modifications have all been removed and the car returned to as-production condition.
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