English sports car maker TVR has never had much of a presence in the US, but thanks to NHTSA's 25-year import rule, that could change. Many of TVR's best, wackiest sports cars are now–or soon will be–25 years old, making them eligible for registration in the US. This lovely green Griffith 400 is one such car, and it's .
Despite its UK license plates, this car is currently located in Florida where it has been titled. It's yours for $32,000, which considering this is an ultra-rare hand-built sports car, seems like a reasonable price. Either that or Porsches of this vintage have gotten so pricey, anything cool under $50,000 seems like a good deal.
So what do you get for your $32,000? Well, a 4.0-liter 240-hp version of the famous aluminum Rover V8 engine (which was originally based on a Buick design), a five-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip rear differential. Other than that? Not much else. In the British tradition, TVRs were famously stripped of most creature comforts in the name of light weight.
The fiberglass body is painted, appropriately, in British Racing Green, and the condition looks solid both inside and out. The seller says there's about 40% tread life left in the tires, but other than that, the car is ready to rock.
While British sports cars have a rightly-earned stereotype of being difficult to own, the seller claims the Griffith is easy to work on and benefits from readily available parts. But to be fair, there's not a whole lot of stuff on the car to fail.
With this car, you'd certainly impress the local Cars & Coffee crowd, and it's probably a hoot to drive. It's got a V8, a stick, rear-wheel drive and it weighs around 2400 lbs. What more do you need?