1996 TVR Griffith Speed Six
A true missing link, the Griffith Speed Six prototype bridged the first curvy TVRS of the 1990s with the wild creations that would take the firm into the new millennium. It was also the first appearance of the company’s all-new straight-six engine, hot on the heels of its monster V8, which made its debut in the Cerbera.
Revealed at the NEC show in 1996, the Speed Six show car employed a stock Griffith chassis, but with a radically reworked interior and lightly tweaked bodywork. The faired-in headlights now incorporated the indicators, and there were some distinctive new high-level tail-lamps. The all-alloy, twin-cam straight-six was to be available in 330bhp 3.2-litre or 380bhp 4-litre forms, but when the car reappeared at Earls Court a year later as the Tuscan Speed Six – with further body mods and a new chassis – it had the 360bhp 4-litre that production Tuscans would eventually sport. Anorak fact In November 1994 a Griffith was also fitted with the AJP V8 engine – the unit’s name taken from the initials of the men behind the modular engine programme: Al Melling, John Ravenscroft and Peter Wheeler