Films: 1963 TVR Grantura: Eye Candy
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1963 TVR Grantura: Eye Candy

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Robert in LAMartin PhilipporieterHarald Van Den Brandenmattg Recent comment authors
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rieter
rieter

I have been hanging around here for a bit with no comments. I really like the balance on this vid. The car is great and the owner has a great appreciation for his car in many aspects both in the driving and artistic sides. Awesome. The car is sweet. Well done.

Harald Van Den Branden
Harald Van Den Branden

As a TVR – and other British Bruisers – owner , I can only say : Rock on Gregorie and Rock on Belgium ! Hell Yeah .

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Interesting to see how the limited production, light weight coupe and roadsters out of England were mostly fiberglass in this era. Whereas the Italian ones, especially those made around Milan were all hand-hammered aluminum. The north of Italy had hundreds of years of continuous development in repoussage and chasing, going back to the parade armor of the renaissance. England, not so much.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

At 4:21 in this film, you can see that the engine sits behind the front axle. So this really is a front, mid-engined car. The back of the drivers seat is actually pretty close to the rear axle. So this would be a car with very balanced weight distribution.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Looking further, at 4:30 in the video, we are shown a weight sticker. 950 kg total. Axle 1, 470 kg. Axle 2, 480 kg. So the balance on this car really is 50/50. Total weight 2,100 lbs., with an 1.8 liter engine. With the engine set back so far, polar moment must have been small.

Martin Philippo
Martin Philippo

Robert, someone told me the Italians are good panelbeaters since they started maken armour for the Roman Legions. But don’t forget the use fiberglass was the new thing in the days. So maybe the British were just a bit more ahead of their time back then. And the traditional panelbeating is a labour intensive procedure and therefore costly. I can only guess that British wages were a lot higher than the Italian in them days. The British could save a penny or two that way.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Martin, the fiber glass lends itself to a different family of shapes than does a body produced by hammering and rolling. By the time the Grantura came along the English were getting really good at these FG bodies. I thought that the Lotus Elite and Elan were exceptional designs. And this TVR is extraordinary. And of course these were precursors to carbon fiber panels.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Martin as I read about this car further, and look at other TVR examples of this kind of construction, this really is a lot like a superleggera build. These cars have a tubular frame carrying major loads. The lightweight fiberglass body is attached to that at many points. In terms of the geometry of the structure this is like an Italian coupe (berlinetta) of the period, with FG swapped for the hand-hammered panels. IMO this was an advanced design, and pointed the way towards carbon fiber.

Martin Philippo
Martin Philippo

I love it. The guy just sells the car to me. Full enthousiasm, that’s how we like it.

Bryan Dickerson
Bryan Dickerson

I can’t decide which is more stylish, Gregorie or the TVR! This video also has a ton of style and scores as one of my favorites. Great sound, excellent action, interesting owner. Nicely done Petro!
Gregorie-Get Petrolicious to sell prints of your work. Very nice!

mattg
mattg

I agree. Engaging character and film. Wonderful.

carl helmetag
carl helmetag

Wow! Out of the norm for Petrolicious videos but fantastic! Of course, as a TVR owner I’m a bit biased towards them 😉

Catimann
Catimann

One of your best videos. We may need to start a classification of them. I’d say best in an art sense where other videos would win in terms of raw speed experience of the car.

Bill Meyer
Bill Meyer

I’d say this dude has the right idea…….. Great job on the video and the music.

Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis

very nice & rare

Kurt Uzbay
Kurt Uzbay

cool car, cool dude… rock on, Gregorie….. Kurt