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Open Sports Wannabe: 1962 TVR Grantura

The Grantura was the first of many automobiles built in England by TVR. Through evolution, the sports car was produced between 1958 and 1967 and included the Mk 2a variant, like the seller’s offering. This vehicle is on its way to being a clone of an Open Sports race car. The seller bought this as a roller some 20 years ago and the modifications have only gotten this far. Located in Morgan Hill, California, this interesting project is available here on craigslist for $10,000 OBO. Barn Finder “numskal” has been on a roll lately in the tips department!

While TVR offered these vehicles in complete form, they could also be purchased as kits for the buyer to add their own twists. The autos also drew mechanical components from a variety of sources which included the likes of Austin-Healey, Volkswagen, and Triumph. Grantura bodies are made from glass-reinforced plastic (fiberglass?). While the hood was opened from the front, there was no external access to the trunk. Fewer than 800 were assembled overall, with half being from the Mk 2 and 2a series.

The Mk 2a was offered with two engines, either a 1622-cc inline-4 from an MGA or Ford’s 1340-cc powerplant. We don’t know which is in the seller’s car or maybe something else entirely since this project is on its way to being like a racecar. The vehicle has had extensive professional body and chassis work done, with the latter being powder-coated in the process. The car employs RHD steering, and the seller has given the TVR some upgrades in terms of exhaust and carburetion.

Though it doesn’t yet have a fuel tank, it does start and drive from a temporary fuel source. It will also need a new battery. The donor car had 91,000 miles and the sale will come with some of the parts and pieces the seller removed. The next owner should probably have the same vision for the TVR as the seller because going back to what once was will be difficult and probably more costly.


  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Engine is a BMC unit but can’t tell which one from the picture. Would love to take this one on but just got down to two race cars hoping to end up with just one. So many cars, so little time.

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  2. A.G.

    The indicates the drive line consists of a 5 main MGB engine and all synchromesh overdrive transmission.

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