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TVR GRANTURA & VIXEN (1968-1969) CAR HISTORY

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The first TVR Grantura sport scars were built in Blackpoll in 1958, using VW suspension on a tubular backbone chassis, clothed in a pretty glassfibre body and powered by a choice of Ford, BMC and Coventry Climax engines. By 1962 the MkIII Grantura had evolved, a crossover model mixing quaint early styling elements with the increased chassis sophistication of the later cars.


There was no longer a choice of engines - it came with MGA power, take it or leave it - and best of all it had a new chassis, eschewing the ultra stiff-riding VW trailing-link design for a proper factory-fabricated double-wishbone and coil-spring suspension.
Although still built from 16-gauge steel tube, the frame - with a slightly longer wheelbase - was more rigid, good enough to live on into the early 1970s until introduction of the "M" series. The cast-alloy front suspension uprights are unique to TVR, and although the diff internals are MG, they sit in TVR's own cast-alloy housing.


The look was familiar: the stub-tailed coupe shape dated from the first 1958 Grantura and had a Perspex wrap-around rear window, Ford Consul front screen, blistered wheel arches and low, almost Porsche-like bonnet, a one-piece moulding hinged at the front. With such a relatively light engine, mounted well back, the Grantura felt delicate and well balanced on the road. The Spitfire-sourced rack was light and accurate, and the braking progressive and powerful with Girling discs at the front but no servo assistance.


By 1967, the Grantura had become the Vixen, via the 1800S and 1800S Mk IV. The former introduced the squared- off 'manx' tail with the bigger rear window and MKI Cortina rear lights: the latter merely heralded detail refinements to the suspension and interior. The sausage-bonnet Vixen was essentially a Ford Cortina GT-engine version of the 1800S, using a lighter 88 bhp cross flow unit with matching all-synchromesh Ford gearbox.


The Vixen S2 replaced it after just 12 months, using the longer-wheelbase chassis developed for the Tuscan V-eight SE. That meant larger doors, wraparound MkII Cortina lights, a new bonnet bulge and lots of detail changes. Also, it was the first TVR in which the body was bolted, rather than bonded to the chassis. You could still buy it as a kit, though the new Lilley management didn't encourage do it yourself builders, and by the turn of the decade, new purchase-tax rules wiped out the kit market anyway.


Despite a high price, the Vixen made a credible MGB GT alternative in its day and sales figures proved it: 746 were produced before the 1600M took over as the small-engine car in the TVR range in 1973.


TVR GRANTURA & VIXEN

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

ENGINE TYPE

4-cylinder

CAPACITY

1599 cc

POWER

88 bhp

TRANSMISSION

4-speed manual

TOP SPEED

106 mph (170 km/h)

NUMBER BUILT

117

 

 

 

 

 

 
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