1996 TVR Grif­fith Speed Six

Classic Sports Car - - Top Ten -

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

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