Classifieds Hero: 1965 TVR Grantura 1800 S

Rebuilt over four years, this pre-1966-eligible racing machine can be bought with its own open trailer. It’s a genuine case of lights out and away you go…

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In its bold red and white racing colours, this 1800 S is one of the later incarnations of the Grantura, TVR’s very first offering. The Blackpool-built model proved a popular machine thanks to generous specification options and stimulating handling that resulted from an impressive power-to-weight ratio.

By the time the Grantura had evolved into its third series and become the 1800 S, many could be spotted darting around the most challenging motor circuits, usually wiping the board with the competition in the process.

Following on from the first two series of the Grantura, the 1800 S had a longer and stiffer chassis as well as a higher-mounted front grille and some modifications to the exterior chrome. More noticeably, the rear of the car had been squared off to form what was referred to as the ‘Manx tail’, while the light clusters were instantly recognisable from the popular Ford Cortina.

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Many of the engineering design cues that gave the 1800 S its enthusiastic following among keen drivers will likely be recognised by owners of more modern models that are several steps down the TVR evolutionary chain. These include the lightweight glassfibre body, a multi-tubular steel chassis with coil-sprung independent suspension and a front-mounted engine delivering power through the rear wheels.

The chassis of the 1800 S was sufficiently impressive for it to be retained for the new V8 Griffith. Other 1800 S features, such as the lack of a rear-opening boot that results in the spare wheel having to be removed through the front doors, have thankfully disappeared!

Although hard to believe now thanks to its immaculate condition, this particular 1800 S was purchased as a barn find back in 2006. Soon afterwards, the TVR received a loving rebuild over some four years, which prepared it for pre-1966 racing competition. Included in the sale is an extensive history file, HTP papers from 2010, a full photographic record of the restoration as well as helpful set-up and running notes.

Now boasting an impressive 139.9bhp and 143.8lb ft of torque, this 1800 S is no slouch thanks to numerous improvements made during the restoration. These include a new chassis with a bolt-on body, the original engine block being bored out to 1850cc, a rebuild of the original C/R gearbox, a replacement wiring system and a ceramic coating for the exhaust and inlet manifolds, as well as the fitment of a flat-sided Tufftrided QPQ crankshaft, Carrillo rods, Peter Burgess gas-flowed and polished cylinder head with bigger valves, plus a Kent 719SP camshaft.

Raced throughout 2010 and 2011, this TVR subsequently benefitted from an engine refresh, extra-light flywheel and redesigned cooling system, before being carefully stored away by its owner. The 1800 S continues to be eligible for a wide range of motor sport events, and comes with a comprehensive parts package including a spare seat and harness for track days or road events.

In addition, a Brian James open trailer in immaculate condition is also available by separate negotiation. Unless, of course, you’d rather drive to the races – which, thanks to this 1800 S also being road legal, surely is an exciting prospect.

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