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Griffith 500 1997/P

  • Spec
  • History
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  • Warranty
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TVR Griffith 500 - “Black Magic”

From time to time, a Classic TVR comes into our possession… after we have judged it to be a very special car notwithstanding its time in use.

“Black Magic” is just such a car. Let’s look at the cosmetic situation first. P427 NOX is finished in gleaming high gloss Black. This contrasts beautifully with the red rear lamp clusters and the polished stainless - steel exhausts. This theme continues inside the car - as you will see shortly!

The roof is in black Mohair in very good condition. It is equipped with a very good Vybak rear window.

The car rides on standard TVR Factory alloys - fitted with the preferred specification Toyo tyres.

But it is the interior that impresses most!! This is in very good condition and majors on a striking combination of black and red trim - complemented by red carpeted door centres and red carpeting bound in black leather. And the dashboard? Burr Walnut? No! This dash is finished in a rare chequer-board, machined steel finish. It houses black - faced Instruments with white figures all equipped with Leven - style instrument surrounds. There are also aluminium vent surrounds, control knobs, switches and steering column stalks. The whole effect is very professional and can justifiably be termed a “Top Gun” cockpit environment.

How about the parts of the car that are less easy to see - specifically the chassis and suspension? We can assure you, there is absolutely no cause for concern! Here is the report issued to the last owner on 16 Feb 22 by Str8six. You will see that Str8six does not simply swop out black boxes: “Carry out inspection and report. Strip out rear suspension, diff, driveshafts etc. Soak chassis in petrol and steam clean to remove Waxoyl. Remove all loose and flaking paint, prepare bare areas of chassis with Jenolite rust inhibitor.

Paint chassis with 2 coats of smooth Hammerite paint. Send rear upper and lower wishbones, rear uprights, exhaust mounting plate, driveshafts, Anti roll bar and diff mounts for shot-blasting and powder-coating.

Strip diff of loose corrosion, remove backplate & reseal, replace driveshaft seals. Paint diff casing in black Hammerite and rear housing in silver. Clean and prepare CV joints, refit using new grease and gaiters with passivated gaiter joints.

Replace N/S/F upper wishbone and bushes. Re-glue bezels onto both window switches. Cleaned O/S/R lamp unit bulb holders, replaced stop tail bulb. Carry out Optiline 4 wheel alignment and suspension bolt check"

The bill for all this work, plus a host of brand new parts, was £4,500 + VAT. I should mention this included an ACT Cherry Bomb exhaust system (considered by many to be THE best sounding TVR V8 exhaust!?).

Str8six’s work was in addition to a plethora of attention devoted to the car by the last owner himself (and also assigned to a specialist company) between Nov 2020 and Jun 2021. Copies of all these invoices are held in the car’s very comprehensive provenance file.

The story doesn’t end there. The previous owner ultimately decided to part exchange P427 NOX for a TVR Tuscan. Having bought his Griffith, we then decided to cage the last reported concern, which was the chassis outriggers.

These were cut off flush with the main chassis and a new pair were seam welded into position by our own expert welder. This is a job we would normally charge out at £3,000 + VAT.

If you are this car’s next owner, you can decide whether you would like the pristine chassis to be protected by a sprayed wax finish or left visible - as it currently is. This should depend on whether you intend to drive your Griff all year round (except on salted roads!) or just on sunny summer days.

You can probably see that “Black Magic” has had a great deal of specialist work, and money, invested and this TVR is genuinely a thoroughbred “Keeper”.

We have every confidence in this striking (in the best sense of the word) potential family heirloom - and do note that the car is already eligible for export to your dream retirement home in the US of A !! Food for thought?

“Black Magic” will of course be supplied with Str8six’s renowned “All the 12s” handover specification. Notwithstanding the history it will receive
another 12,000 service and 12 months MOT. The car will also benefit from Str8six’s own 12 months /12,000 miles FULL WEAR and TEAR WARRANTY - covering PARTS and LABOUR on the whole car. It will also be equipped with an Accumate 12 volt trickle charger. It will be taxed for 6 months.

Overall mileage - 50,222
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Tab 2
P427 NOX’s Service records confirm the car has covered an average of just over 2,000 miles per year. The car's ownership and service records are listed below:

24 May 96 - 27 miles - PDI/Team Central TVR, Birmingham

30 May 97 - Sold by Team Central to 1st owner
06 Jun 97 - 1,154 miles - 1,000 service/Team Central TVR, Birmingham
28 Oct 98 - 5,815 miles - 6,000 service/Team Central TVR, Birmingham
19 May 00 - 11,273 miles - MOT/Cromwell Garage, Coventry
22 May 01 - 12,120 miles - 12,000 service/Kings, Warwick
05 Dec 02 - 18,158 miles - 6,000 service/Castle TVR, Stansted
31 Dec 03 - 22,274 miles - MOT/SG Baker, Bury St Edmunds
30 Jan 04 - 22,995 miles - 12,000 service/Kerridges TVR, Ipswich
25 Nov 04 - 29,837 miles - 6,000 service/Kerridges TVR, Ipswich
25 Jan 05 - 31,109 miles - MOT/Kerridges TVR, Ipswich
05 May 06 - 35,850 miles - 12,000 service/David Gerald TVR, Worcester
21 Aug 07 - 36,484 miles - 6,000 service/David Gerald TVR, Worcester
18 Apr 08 - 38,032 miles - MOT/Astwood Svc Centre, Redditch
18 Aug 09 - 38,651 miles - Service C.A.R. Services, Kingswood
27 Apr 10 - 42,134 miles - 12,000 service/LKS Racing
19 Mar 11 - 46,192 miles - MOT/Barendale MOT, Bordon
01 Jun 13 - 46,477 miles - 6,000 service/Moss’s Garage, Liphook
01 Jul 14 - 47,008 miles - MOT/Grayswood Cars, Haslemere
20 Jun 15 - 47,194 miles - MOT/Grayswood Cars, Haslemere
23 Mar 16 - 47,300 miles - PDI & 12,000 service/Fernhurst Motor Co, Haslemere

02 Apr 16 - Car sold to last owner - Towcester NN12 6AA
24 May 17 - 47,895 miles - Oil service/Elite Motor Tune, Northampton
08 Jun 18 - 48,828 miles - MOT/John’s Motors, Towcester
05 Apr 19 - 49,126 miles - MOT/John’s Motors, Towcester
04 May 20 - 49,462 miles - 2,000 service/By competent owner

Nov 2020 to Jun 2021 - Front Susp rebuild & front chassis refurb
16 Jun 21 - 49,730 miles - MOT/John’s Motors, Towcester
16 Feb 22 - 49,981 miles - 12,000 service/Comprehensive overhaul Str8six

50,221 miles - Car purchased by Str8six

Date TBD c.50,232 miles - PDI & 12,000 service/Str8six TVR

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Please contact us on 07834 739307 or 01844 352735 to make an appointment.
If conditions are wet we reserve the right to provide a demonstration drive, rather than a customer driven test drive. Please bring your driving licence if you wish to test drive this car. Finance is available, subject to the usual terms and conditions.
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Complete piece of mind purchasing
- with our 12 months full wear & tear warranty

The above car comes with Str8six's renowned full 12,000 miles service completed, 12 months MOT, 6 months Tax and 12 months/12,000 miles full wear and tear warranty covering parts and labour. Plus an inbuilt 12 volt trickle charger and a 12 volt auxiliary cable (if applicable) will also be provided.
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This car comes with Str8six's renowned "All the 12’s” handover specification
The 12 months/12,000 miles warranty - is
FULL WEAR AND TEAR (Parts and Labour)

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