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1999 TVR Griffith 500

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£22,260

  • Mileage~30,815
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine5.0L
  • LocationMorpeth

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1999 TVR Griffith 500

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Introduction

Kristina Leikaite
Professional Consigner

The raw primal instincts within the Griffith 500 will take over your very soul!

An iconic car for the brand, the Griffith brought the brand into the sights of the big league, with the previously unheard novelty of reliability with a vast improvement in build quality. Not that these were the main reasons why one bought a TVR. With the launch of the Griffith 500 in 1993, TVR allowed the car to be easily customised from the factory meaning that no cars are said to be alike. But again, this is not why you buy a TVR. With over 330BHP on tap, the V8 5.0-litre engine likes to party... This is why you buy a TVR. Created in the same mould as the traditional hairy-chested roadsters of the past, the Griffith needs respect. The car has personality but you need to learn how to deal with the driving characteristics. That alone should be a reason to own one.

This car has a low recorded mileage of just ~30,815, coming out of 17 years of ownership and has been used sparingly the last decade. The car is nicely presented, with a very clean interior, straight body and evidence of being kept in dry storage.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Kristina after meeting Nigel the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

It hasn't been used much in recent years, it really needs to have a good blast!

The car has seen limited use in recent years, it seems a shame that it has not seen much road travel since 2009. Therefore it makes more sense to sell the car to someone who will enjoy its raw talent.

Nigel
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Exterior

Dry stored and used sparingly, this has undoubtedly helped to maintain the condition of this car.

Wheels and Tyres

The Bridgestone Potenza tyres are all in good condition, with a legal level of tread but are likely to be over 10 years old. The alloy wheels are in good condition with no evidence of curbing or corrosion visible.

Bodywork

A curvaceous fibreglass body in a diminutive 2 seat roadster format, the Griffith if definitely one of the high points for the brand.

There are no signs of repairs, with the underside of the car looking to be clean and solid without any significant damage. Panel fit on this example is good, flush and in line across all the panels.

Paint

Finished in a lovely "Cooper Green" paint, it's one of the more civilised colours from the marque, ageing well with the car.

The paint finish is good, with a decent colour match throughout and a good lustre. No significant cracks or damage was observed. Being a low nosed car, there are a handful of paint chips seen on the front and lower sides of the car. Watch the video review to see the detail.

Glass and Trim

The glass is in good condition, with no chips or damage to the laminate. The hood glass is in good condition and has resisted the ageing process well. The lights are in good condition, with no significant damage observed on the headlamp covers. The fabric roof is in good condition, with no damage or evidence of outdoor storage.

Interior

Well furnished and compact, the cabin is part of the appeal of this TVR.

Seats and Carpets

A tan coloured interior in leather and matching carpets, a great combo with the dark green exterior.

The seats are in good condition with light evidence of wear observed on the driver's seat. Both are free from significant damage. The carpets and mats are in good condition, with just the slightest signs of age.

Dashboard

The attractive leather-bound dashboard is in good condition, with no issues in regards to the fit. The veneer detailing has been well preserved and seen careful use. The dials and controls are in good condition and all are said to be functional. The car is fitted with a Kenwood CD player.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel is in good condition, with no significant signs of damage, a simple 3 spoke piece with the Griffith 500 badge along with TVR. The gear stick is almost as new, with the leather gaiter in good condition.

Mechanics

The V8 engine is a highlight, but really it's the torque-to-weight ratio that's the real star.

Engine and Gearbox

There were no issues observed with the cold start of the car, with it firing up instantly. No nasty knocks or taps were heard coming from the engine, with the exhaust condensation settling down fairly soon after the engine warmed up.

The engine shows signs of maintenance and is nicely presented. The gearbox is said to be fully functional with no issues with its operation, sturdy Borg Warner items.

Suspension and Brakes

A car of this unforgiving nature relies on the condition and maintenance of its running gear and brakes, and it appears that they are and in keeping with the general condition of the mechanics. Dampers and bushes have been said to be in good order.

The Drive

The very nature of the TVR Griffith is the drive. Its torquey V8 engine mounted to a chassis without much in terms of driver aids is part of its appeal. There aren't too many cars that offer what the Griffith 500 claims, but like all things that are enjoyable, they come with a warning too... Treat this light roadster with respect and you'll be rewarded.

Electrics and Other

All of the electrics on the car are said to be working, including the lighting and locking systems.

History and Paperwork

There is plenty of evidence to verify the low mileage in the paperwork, and the presented condition backs this up too.

The car has service history stamps up to 25,726 miles with evidence of paperwork for the upkeep of the car. It was put into storage in 2009 where it has had very little use for almost 10 years. It was recommissioned and used but has not seen much more than ~1,000 miles since then. It has an MOT until June 2021.

We've actioned checks on; Seller ID, V5, HPi.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
24-06-2020 MOT 30,815
30-04-2018 MOT 30,009
07-10-2009 MOT 29,688
09-07-2008 MOT 29,641
13-06-2007 MOT 29,563
17-05-2006 MOT 28,887
06-05-2006 MOT 26,938
17-05-2005 MOT 28,057
10-10-2003 Service 25,726
10-10-2003 MOT 25,723
02-04-2003 Service 19,841
10-09-2002 MOT 13,839
09-09-2002 Service 13,831
08-02-2002 Service 8,383
04-04-2001 Service 2,350
Key Details
  • ModelGriffith 500
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date1999
  • CC4,997
  • Mileage~30,815
  • HistorySome
  • ColourCooper Green
  • Interior ColourTan
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #SDLAA04R9XB001917
  • Engine #37A50P7846
  • MOT23-06-2021
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • Former Keepers3
  • Tyre BrandBridgestone Potenza
  • LHD or RHDRHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned17 years
  • Key FeatureMileage







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£20,500 bid by hbeachclub 19.04.2021 @ 18:59:37
£20,000 bid by rhencullen 19.04.2021 @ 18:52:06
£18,500 bid by hbeachclub 19.04.2021 @ 18:49:11
Nigel Hartley
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Nigel Hartley

Hi Nigel – please can you advise whether the car has PAS? Thanks and regards

Nigel Wilson
Guest
Nigel Wilson

Hi Nigel yes TVR has PAS best regards Nigel

Andy R
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Andy R

Please can you tell me if the car was serviced when it was re-commissioned and what was undertaken if it was.
Thank you.

Nigel Wilson
Guest
Nigel Wilson

Hi Andy. the coolant was replaced as it was drained during storage and oil change and filters. The car is running perfectly and a new battery has recently been fitted but i would recommend a full service which is now due based on mileage. Best regards Nigel

£18,000 bid by Treb0r 19.04.2021 @ 05:35:14
£16,500 bid by GordonG 18.04.2021 @ 20:54:42
£16,250 bid by intdev85 18.04.2021 @ 19:11:13
Gordon Graham
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Gordon Graham

Hi Nigel
Looks nice . Bit concerned it hasn’t been serviced since 2003 / 26k miles. You mention it was re commissioned – was that in 2018 and what was done and who by ?; also were there any advisories on the last MOT ? does it have a hard top or any other extras ?
Would be good to see it an hear it – is there any chance of that
Gordon

Nigel Wilson
Guest
Nigel Wilson

Hi Gordon probably best you give me a call and i can answer any questions you have, best regards Nigel

£14,250 bid by Anthony 15.04.2021 @ 15:32:31
Roger Griffiths
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Roger Griffiths

How long have you owned this vehicle as the V5 shows that it was issued only a few weeks ago?
Can you explain why the car was not used for such a long time.
Thank you.

Nigel Wilson
Guest
Nigel Wilson

Hi Roger i have owned the car for seventeen years but i had a personalised reg number which i have just taken off car.The reason for not using the car very much is that i also have motorbikes and a trike and could not justify taxing and insuring everything at the same time. I was planning to keep it for my retirement but my plans have changed.I hope this answers your questions

£11,000 bid by lizzardherder 14.04.2021 @ 13:26:42
Matthew Marshall
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Matthew Marshall

Some pictures of the chassis and outriggers are required. Love these cars but this is their Achilles heal. Thanks Matt

Nigel Wilson
Guest
Nigel Wilson

Hi Matt I am unable to get underneath car to take pictures of chassis but can tell you that i inspected chassis during its last Mot and the
chassis is in good order apart from slight surface rust in small areas where original paint had flaked off. In my 17 years of ownership this car has never been out in the rain and has been dry stored all this time

DAVID EVEREST
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DAVID EVEREST

Have the outriggers been examined for rust i know this is a problem in the tvrs i have owned.Is there any service history besides the old M.O.T.S which really proove nothing. thanks

Nigel Wilson
Guest
Nigel Wilson

Hi David I examined chassis during its last Mot and the chassis is in good order apart from slight surface rust in small areas where original paint has flaked off. The car has full TVR service history up to 25726 miles and the service book is stamped to proove this. I would reccommend a full service before putting car back on road.

david brian everest
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david brian everest

thankyou

£5,000 bid by SNICOL 12.04.2021 @ 22:14:19
Gadjet
Guest
Gadjet

Hi what condition is the chassis?

Nigel Wilson
Guest
Nigel Wilson

the chassis is in good condition with slight surface rust in small areas where original paint has peeled off. I have never taken car out in the rain

Bill
Guest
Bill

What is the chassis like and any service history.

Nigel Wilson
Guest
Nigel Wilson

The chassis is in good condition with a very slight bit of surface rust in small areas where original paint has flaked off

Bill
Guest
Bill

Thank you for letting me know.

Nigel Wilson
Guest
Nigel Wilson

service book is stamped with full service history by TVR specialists

ALM
Member
ALM

Good looking TVR. Being where you are has it been to HHC at Hexham for any work?

Nigel Wilson
Guest
Nigel Wilson

No work done by HHC HEXHAM but service book is stamped by TVR specialists from new.

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Morpeth, Northumberland

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