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Thanks for posting Tom, I would love to have that for my next restoration. If I knew how to confirm the car was original and could get it for around 40k I might bite. Would have to sell the TR6 though for some cash.
 

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There is no problem with the search if it is real, or a fake.
lucky man says me....seems to dig them out. This one currently listed features the original ugly dash and appears to be the real deal.
 

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Real deal bidding at least. Reserve not met at 70k with 2 days to go and really drawing some attention.
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I found the acceleration claims for the Griffith really interesting. The ad shows tomes that were quicker than a 427 Cobra. I searched online for a contemporary road test to back up the claims, but couldn't find one. Wonder if that was some advertising puffery at the time. I'd happily pay an admission charge to see those two cars go at it.
 
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Rick, How about a 3rd lane for your Healey? (The Griffith, although comparatively low powered at only 271hp, would be the lightest of the 3 by 1000 pounds.) All 3 scary fast though. Tom
 

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Tom,

No thanks. I don't enjoy looking at tail lights that much. :D No way I could come close to a big block Cobra and maybe not even a 289 Cobra. The Healey weighs about 2400 lbs which is considerably more than the Griffith. Although my motor dynoed at the crank at 345hp a recent trip to a chassis dyno netted a disappointing 199 hp at the rear wheels. I suspect that a lot of that hp loss has to do with the cast iron exhaust manifolds and a few extra 90 degree bends I have in the exhaust. If you figure the standard 20% loss from an engine dyno to a chassis dyno it looks like my exhaust is costing me about 70 hp. I'm busy looking at headers trying to recapture that hp as too much is never enough. My fascination with V8 Brit cars goes back to when Cobras and Griffiths were new. I remember the Griffiths being quick, but not 427 Cobra quick
 

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That is a lot of car for the money. Now at 70k plus.
These cars were drag raced extensively in the 60s and early 70s. Difference between it and a Cobra is that the Griffith would really hook up.
good luck to the seller!
 

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Me thinks it is way over priced now. You can purchase a restored car for what it is at now....no real history of who raced it, etc.
 
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Me thinks it is way over priced now. You can purchase a restored car for what it is at now....no real history of who raced it, etc.
Maybe not. There were 81 bids and more than a half dozen serious bidders. Although out of my league, the selling price is about that of a 356 Porsche, an XKE or even a nice Camaro, and way below that of an original Cobra, all of which are relatively common.
The Griffith is unique. Few would even know what it is in spite of the advertising hype back in the day. I think it is one of the few interesting cars that has fallen through the cracks and is now coming into it's own. My prediction (which has little or no credibility) is that the buyer will not lose an nickel on this one.
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103k plus and not sold. I do not agree with your statement. If it were a Tuscan with history and very small production numbers, then maybe...not a Griff, as too many were produced to command that sort of money.
 

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Real deal bidding at least. Reserve not met at 70k with 2 days to go and really drawing some attention.
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At 103 000 seems crazy as the reserve was higher as David says the ugliest of the griffith dash but 60 to 70k yes but over 100000 i cant see it there are far more desirable TVRs from the Wide bodied Tuscan and the Long wheel base Tuscn V8 both with the same engine but better handling and being made in even fewer numbers
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Points above are well taken and may prove to be correct. However, the last word in value goes to the highest bidder. Tom
 
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