Globe Trotting Rarity: 1960 TVR Grantura OSCA

Two-time BaT feature car spotted under repair at my favorite Euro car shop.

I've always been a fan of The Sports Car Shop in Eugene, OR. Under partially the same ownership as Vintage Underground (my other favorite local auto shop), they are very friendly to photographers who want to poke around the back lot with the camera or handheld device & get pics of rare cars, and the owners & employees are all great as well.

This car was featured twice on Bring A Trailer in that site's early days, and was bought by a local Euro car collector for his vast collection of exotic European machinery.

The car is serial number 7/C/226, and it was produced by TVR Engineering LTD. of Blackpool, England in 1960, the exact production date not listed in their factory production records. The records indicate the car was originally built in right hand drive configuration, painted light blue, and fitted with a Coventry Climax 1261 cc 4-cylinder engine, engine number FEW 400-31-9243. According to the factor records, 7/C/226 was the 25th Grantura Mk. II to be built and it was first registered in England on April 2, 1961. Records from the TVR Car Club of England further indicate the car has a lightweight bodyshell, reportedly built by one Richard Goodwin for "B.B.", thought to be a previous owner of the car. The car was raced competitively in its early life, probably for about a year, during which time the original Coventry Climax engine blew up and was replaced by an MGB engine by "B.B.". The car then reportedly sat idle for about 15 years.

To quote the TVR Grantura Register:

At some point the car was fitted with an OSCA 4-cylinder engine, the steering was changed to left hand drive, and it it was painted red, which is its current state.

While the car was built by TVR Engineering Ltd as a 1960 model, it has been titled for some years as a 1961, probably because that was the year in which it was first registered by the DVLA in England.

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Comments (2)

  • And another I didn't even know existed. That's adorable and looks like it would be an excellent track car in it's day. I'd love to take that on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

      1 month ago
  • I’d love to see the cars at that shop

      1 month ago