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Friday, February 17, 2017

TVR Griffith Buyers Guide - 1991-2002

The TVR Griffith, later models being referred to as the Griffith 500, was a sports car designed and built by TVR starting in 1991 and ending in 2002.

Like its forerunner namesakes, the Griffith 200 and Griffith 400, the modern Griffith was a lightweight (1048 kg or 2310 lb) fiberglass-bodied, 2-door, 2-seat sports car with a V8 engine. Originally, it used a 4.0 L 240 hp (179 kW) Rover V8 engine, but that could be optionally increased to 4.3 L 280 hp (209 kW) in 1992 with a further option of big-valve cylinder heads. In 1993 with a TVR-developed 5.0 L 340 hp (254 kW) version of the Rover V8 became available. All versions of the Griffith use the Lucas 14CUX engine management system.

All models use a five-speed manual transmission.

Although the Griffith was almost mechanically identical to its sister car, the Chimaera, it had a different body design and was produced in much smaller numbers. Well-maintained examples generally command higher prices on the secondhand market.[citation needed]

The Griffith was a lightweight, high-power, and well-balanced car. The speed six Griffith proposal never became a production reality; by the time it was launched it had morphed into the TVR Tuscan Speed Six.

In Japan, a special edition "Blackpool B340" was sold.[citation needed] This car was featured in Gran Turismo and Gran Turismo 2 (in the former as the Griffith 4.0 in the NTSC and PAL versions).

In 2000, TVR announced that the Griffith production was going to end. A limited edition run of 100 Special Edition (SE) cars were to be built to mark the end of production. Although still very similar to the previous Griffith 500 model, the SE had a hybrid interior using the Chimaera dashboard and Cerbera seats. Noticeably, the rear lights were different along with different door mirrors, higher powered headlights and clear indicator lenses. Some also came with 16-inch wheels. Each car came with a numbered plaque in the glove box including the build number and a Special Edition Badge on its boot. All cars also had a unique signature in the boot under the carpet. The SEs were built between 2000 and 2002, with the last registered in 2003. A register of the last 100 SEs can be found at TVR Griffith 500 SE Register.

Every year, to celebrate the TVR Griffith, their owners have a meet called "The Griff Growl."[1]

In 2008, Al Melling Sports Cars unveiled the Melling Wildcat, a roadster heavily based on the Griffith but powered instead by a variant of TVR's later AJP8 engine.


Transmission: 5-Speed Manual (Rover LT77 or Tremec T5)


Front: Independent, double wishbones, coil-over gas dampers, sway bars

Rear: Independent, double wishbones, coil-over gas dampers, sway bars


Front: 260 mm (10 in) ventilated disc brakes

Rear: 260 mm (10 in) ventilated disc brakes

Wheels Front: 15 in aluminium alloy

Rear: 16 in


Body Panels: Glass fibre

Fuel Capacity: 57 Litres (12.5 Imp. gallons, 15.0 U.S. gal)

Weight: 1060 kg (2336 lb)

Length: 3,892 mm (153.2 in)

Height: 1,205 mm (47.4 in)

Width: 1,943 mm (76.5 in)

Wheelbase: 2,282 mm (89.8 in)

Front track: 1,460 mm (57 in)

Rear track: 1,470 mm (58 in)

Ground clearance: 146 mm (5.7 in)

Production by year

1992: 602
1993: 230 (169 2DR + 61 500)
1994: 292
1995: 284
1996: 288
1997: 232
1998: 231
1999: 187
2000: 90
2001: 82
2002: 64

TVR Car Club

California Smog Check Requirements by Vehicle Type

Requirements for smog check for California registered vehicle. Six years or newer vehicles. 1975 or older vehicles. Flex fuel vehicles. Hybrids. CNG, LPG, or LNG vehicles. Diesel requirements. Electric vehicles, Motorcycles. Two cylinder engines, two stroke engines, and off highway registered vehicles.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Guam : Importing a Motor Vehicle into Guam

 Are you going to Guam?  I have had a few friends that were station on Guam. I went there four times for a total of about 24 hours when I was in the US Navy back 1991-1997. A fuel stop in the middle of the Pacific.  The following is information about vehicle importation into Guam. They follow US requirements for import. HS7 , 3520-1. US legal vehicles unless over 25 years old.

American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Baker Island, Howland Islands, Jarvis Island, Johnston Island, Kingman Reef, Midway Islands, Palmyra, and Wake Island are all territories / possessions of the United States and as such are subject to the importation rules of the United States. They may have additional requirements to import into each territory as each one has a delicate ecosystem they are trying to protect.

Documents Required

  •  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Form EPA-3520-21, if applicable
  •  OBL (foreign purchased vehicles)
  •  Bill of Sale / Pro-forma Invoice with Statement of Value (foreign purchased vehicles)
  •  Title of ownership translated into English (foreign purchased vehicles)
  •  Department of Transportation (DOT) Form HS-7
  •  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Form 3520-1 (foreign purchased vehicles)
  •  Proof of conformity by either:

    •  USA Title / Registration, or
    •  Letter of Conformity from the manufacturer
    •  Foreign military sales contract that indicates vehicle meets USA-EPA / DOT regulations
    •  Exemption as a 25 model year old vehicle as proven by the title
 Copy of USA Title or Registration when previously registered in the USA (vehicles previously
owned and shipped from the USA by the returning importer)

 Completed EPA-3520-1, DOT, HS-7 and Customs 7501 forms (vehicles previously owned
and shipped from the USA by the returning importer)

 Letter of Permission from the EPA (non-residents importing vehicles as a tourist)
Specific Information

 For vehicles previously owned and shipped from the USA by the returning importer, the
ownership names must match with the consignee of the shipment on the vehicle Title and

 A non-USA resident can import a vehicle for a period of up to 1 year as a tourist, but no
extension will be allowed. The importer is required to obtain a permission letter prior to
shipping the vehicle from the EPA.

Vehicles imported by non-residents for tourism may not sell or offer for vehicle for sale and it
must be exported prior to the 1-year period or is subject to seizure and penalties by Customs.

 Some ports of entry (POE) require a bond for up to three times the value of the vehicle to
ensure the timely export of the vehicle. Additional port specific declarations may be required
for this temporary importation

 A Bill of sale or Pro-forma Invoice with the statement of value must include the vehicle’s
description, vehicle identification number (VIN), model and year of manufacture.

 In general vehicles that are 25 model years old and with the original drive train are exempt
from EPA / DOT regulations.

 Vehicles less than 25 model years old that were not previously titled in the USA must comply
with EPA / DOT regulations.

 The cost and time to bring a vehicle into compliance by an ICI (certified conversion shop)
make the process an unwise economic decision in most cases.

 It is strongly recommended not to import non-complying vehicles. In the event an importer
elects to attempt to import a vehicle it should be sent separately from household goods and
personal effects shipments to avoid delays in the receipt of the shipment.

 The importer must make arrangements with an ICI shop in the USA prior to shipping the
vehicle in order to get an estimate and to determine if the vehicle can be brought into

 Marine engines and gas-powered generators are also subject to EPA requirements
and Form EPA-3520-21 is normally required for those items.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

3520-21: EPA : Importation of Engines, Vehicles, and Equipment Subject to Federal Air Pollution Regulations

This form must be prepared by the importer for each imported stationary, nonroad or heavy-duty highway engine, including engines incorporated into vehicles or equipment. 3520-21

40 CFR Part 1051.

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