TVR Grantura
Lot 449
1961 TVR Grantura MkII Coupé Chassis no. 7-C-271 Engine no. 9244
Sold for £21,850 (US$ 35,022) inc. premium

Lot Details
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1961 TVR Grantura MkII Coupé
Registration no. 9762 MK
Chassis no. 7-C-271
Engine no. 9244

Footnotes

  • Founded in Blackpool in the late 1940s by Trevor Wilkinson, TVR began by making various 'specials' before introducing its first series production model – the TVR Sports Saloon – in 1954, most of which were sold in kit form. The car that really put TVR on the map though, was the Grantura. Launched in 1958, the Grantura used a multi-tubular spaceframe chassis with Volkswagen trailing-link independent suspension all round, which was clothed in very pretty glassfibre coachwork that set the pattern for TVRs for years to come. The generously proportioned engine bay could accommodate a wide variety of engines, those of Ford and BMC being the most popular, while Grantura owners intending to go racing, as many of them did, usually specified the 1.2-litre overhead-camshaft Coventry Climax FWE unit.
    This Grantura MkII was purchased new in February 1961 by Leslie Charles Fryer, a well-known club racer of the period, who raced it at the MG Car Club's Silverstone meeting on 27th May that same year, finishing 6th (see photographs on file). The TVR subsequently passed through the hands of four other owners and in April 1969 was purchased by the lady vendor's late father. The latter owned three TVRs at this time, '9762 MK' - a matching-numbers Coventry Climax-engined model - being his favourite. Much used by the vendor's father, the Grantura was restored by him in 1997 and then used for track days and occasional trips to Goodwood. Following her father's death, the lady vendor decided to have the car restored again in his honour. On this occasion the rebuild was entrusted to marque specialist, Mike Brotherwood. Work carried out included a complete engine rebuild and unleaded conversion, and installing a new ZF five-speed gearbox, windscreens, steering, track rod ends, etc plus painting and detailing the engine bay. There is a substantial quantity of bills and a photographic record of the restoration on file, including pictures of the engine assembly, close inspection of which is recommended. On completion the vendor took the TVR to the Lotus Car Club's meeting at Castle Coombe in May of this year as a tribute to her late father. Finished in Midnight Blue with black leather interior, this well presented TVR Grantura is offered with the aforementioned restoration records, current road fund licence, MoT to May 2012 and Swansea V5 registration document.
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