TVR Grantura: some help needed

TVR Grantura: some help needed

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A TVR enthusiast has finally the chance to restore a gorgeous TVR Grantura he owns since 1995 and wrote me asking for some help to find any information of her. If you have some important/fundamental informations, please contact me at tvrblog@0-100.it and I’ll forward your info to him.

Here is the informations he currently has:

TVR Grantura MkII maybe IIa. Registration number 957 GLP, chassis number 7C209 full lightweight car.

We purchased this car in August 1995, from a local chap in Ramsgate, Kent, UK. He had obtained the car approximately in 1967 as part of debt mitigation. He stored the car in a lock-up at that time. The chap he got it from, as far as he can remember, worked in a local building society. Unfortunately, he is not able to remember the chaps name and did not have any history with the car, including not being able to locate the V5 document. It has a tax disc dated Jun 67 and was issued by G.L.C. (C). The tax disc holder bears the name Carr Bros (Automobiles) Ltd., of Purley.

Essentially, the car remained in this lock-up from 1967 until the time I came across the car and purchased it in 1995. From that time, I have stored the car pending having the time and suitable funds to restore it.

The car appears to be a full lightweight. The chassis tubes seem to be smaller than a standard Grantura, with the braces having been drilled. It has “wobbly web” type wheels. The body work is thin; it does not have door handles or window winding mechanisms, no wheel arches in the engine bay and no headlining. It has brake discs on the front and on the rear; it has “in-board” brake discs that are mounted immediately either side of the differential. The milometer reads approximately 27000 miles. The Speedo and Rev counters have been replaced by slightly small ones than the original fitment, so this mileage may not be correct. The bonnet has been extensively modified, with the addition of two “humps”, presumably to accommodate larger carburettors, supercharger, air filter or the like. It has three Ferrari type air ducts at the front which has a scoop fitted over the top. The roof has had a large vent fitted at the rear, presumably to vent hot air from the car. The chassis number suggests the car was originally fitted with a Coventry Climax engine, although it currently has an MGB 3 bearing 1800cc engine mated to what looks like a standard MOWAG gearbox. It has fully adjustable suspension all round. It does not have seat belts fitted. The interior appears to be the original red leather.

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