A NEW HOPE

New Zealand Classic Car - - FEATURE -

Af­ter the clo­sure of TVR more than 10 years ago, a bright new hope for the com­pany’s fu­ture has emerged with a fa­mil­iar name. Un­mis­tak­ably a TVR — a British mus­cle car that’s as bru­tal as it is se­duc­tive — the new Grif­fith was re­vealed at last year’s Good­wood Re­vival. To rewind a few years, in 2013, Les Edgar suc­cess­fully bought the TVR brand and rights from Russian owner Niko­lai Smolen­sky. The new Grif­fith even­tu­ally emerged af­ter three years of de­vel­op­ment with Gor­don Mur­ray, of Mclaren For­mula 1 fame — a man who knows a thing or two about de­sign­ing mo­tor cars. Now, add to that the ac­qui­si­tion of a Cos­worth-fet­tled Ford 5.0-litre quad-cam Mus­tang en­gine, and the first pro­duc­tion cars should be on their way to cus­tomers in early 2019. Most have al­ready been re­served by diehard TVR fans who stumped up a £5K de­posit 18 months ago. As the orig­i­nal Blackpool fac­tory was torn down in early 2016, pro­duc­tion has moved to a cus­tom-built fa­cil­ity in Wales. TVR will con­cen­trate at first on the UK mar­ket, in­volv­ing ex­ist­ing TVR spe­cial­ists and al­ready sign­ing up Eu­ro­pean dis­trib­u­tors. An­nual pro­duc­tion of around 2000 cars by year five is en­vis­aged, and this num­ber neatly matches cur­rent Eu­ro­pean Small Se­ries Type Ap­proval reg­u­la­tions.

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