Ok…how many of you stopped to Google Griffith?
Not a commonly mentioned classic car, right?
Well the Griffith was developed by a Ford dealer, Jeff Griffith. It was a tubular frame with a British TVR body bolted on. He produce the cars in that configuration, until the source of the TVR bodies dried up he found replacement with a sleeker (nicer looking in my option) by Intermeccanica in Italy.
So what powered this homogenized sports car?
Well since Jeff was a “Ford” guy so you can bet he at least had a Ford iron block in the mix. The total production of the Griffith was 285 cars from 1964 t0 1966.
The TVR Body looks great!!!
This 1964 Griffith in the British TVR body had two engine options. Both were Ford 289. Both were overhead valve and had cast iron blocks. The first option had a bore and stroke 4.00″ x 2.88″ and a compression ratio of 9.0:1. Five main bearing and hydraulic lifters topped with a Ford model C3AF-9510B two barrel it produced 195 bhp. The second option matched up with the first option, except with a higher compression ratio (10.5:1) and topped with the Ford model C30F-9410AJ “4” barrel. That boosted the bhp to 271!!! That’s a heck of a jump…but wait…keep in mind this car weighted only 1450 lbs!!!! Think about that!!!!!
Love the British Racing Green in this ’65 Griffith
For 1965, TVR bodied car matched the two options in the previous year to the ‘T’.
1966 was a different animal. No more TVR bodied Griffith, this baby tucked it’s power house iron in an Italian steel body from Intermeccanica. And like the body…the Ford engine was gone. In it’s place was a Plymouth V8…yes a MORPAR!!!! It was an iron block with overhead valves. Bored and stroked to 3.63″ x 3.31″ and a compression ratio of 10.5:1. Add in the 5 main bearing and solid lifter and top it off with a Carter 4 bbl. carb (ADB3853S) and you could coax 235 bhp out of it. Not bad…down from the 271 with the Ford 289. However the car with it’s new Italian designed steel body, weighted over 1000 lbs more then the TVR version, topping the scale at 2540 lbs.
Sharper looking with the new body!!
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TVR Griffith 200
The TVR Griffith 200 (or Griffith Series 200) was a lightweight fibreglass -body sports car . make was TVR and the model was Griffith 200. …
Well, I almost didn’t want to see this.
The Blue Devil might be fine. The others….yikes.
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Gary, Indiana, 1958 | Hemmings Daily.
I just had to share this photo from Hemmings.
I use to work at a Montgomery Ward back in the mid-70s in the automotive section. I hawked batteries, mufflers, shocks and stick-on compasses.
So is it Montgomery Ward or Montgomery Wards? That little quirk of midwestern English gets so many English fundamentalists worked up, but as we can see from this photo of the parking lot of the newly opened Montgomery Ward(s) in Gary, Indiana, sometime in 1958, as found on Pleasant Family Shopping‘s excellent post on the mid-century history of the chain store, even the company seemed a little schizophrenic about its naming convention. What do you see here?
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Worked there many years ago for a little extra money. If you look closely at this one you will notice the passenger side is a little off color wise, good ol DDM headlights. In front of a closed down Montgomery Ward Automotive.
As promised we are going to take closer look at the Golden Hawk Gran Turismo (GT).
I really like the Golden Hawk it has very cool lines.
I love the roof line and I live the molding on the pillar, just above the quarter panel.
I love the ‘muted’ fins…there but not huge…The tail lights are great looking as is the slope of the trunk lid.
Love the curve of the fender that are topped with Chrome,
The Gran Trisumo emblem it spectacular and I like the unique placement. Notice the Studebaker emblem on the mirror.
I love the way the fenders end in a single headlight. The grill…well….I wouldn’t have done. What I do like about the front end are the vents that end in signal lights.
I like indications of a hood scope and the taper for the hood. I especially like the way the top fender molding has a slight curve and tapers at the end, above the headlight. The vent on the front fender is very cool old school!!!
Last but not least….I would not have those wheels on it…I’d rather have steel wheels and poverty hub cabs.
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Love this car!!!
Arlen Vanke’s “Tin Indian” GTO to attend Hemmings Motor News Conc | Hemmings Daily.
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