The independent British Sports Car manufacturer TVR was founded in 1947 by Trevor Wilkinson. In 1963 a joint effort was embarked upon with American car mechanic Jack Griffith. It seems Griffith made a bet with Carroll Shelby that he could make a car that could beat the AC Cobra. He began by shoving Ford 350 engines into TVR Grantuas. After some negotiations with TVR for body modifications the Griffith 200 was born. The 200s were later superceded by the Griffith 400 and 600. These met with some success so TVR decided to market their own version in England and was badged the TVR Griffith 200, 400 and 600.
In 1991 TVR paid homage to the Griffith with the simply titled TVR Griffith which was fitted with a Rover V8. These lasted until 2002. 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.
Until 2006, TVR was originally based in the English seaside town of Blackpool, Lancashire. Founded by Trevor Wilkinson (14 May 1923–6 June 2008) the name derived from his first name: TreVoR. In July 2004, 24-year-old Russian born Nikolay Smolensky bought the company for a rumoured £15 million. Smolensky said he intended TVR to remain a British company.