The Details

TVR Chimaera 500




  • Mileage: 53,961
  • Year: 1997
  • MOT Expiry: May 2024
  • Exterior Colour: Jaguar Racing Green Metallic
  • Interior Colour: Pale Leather
  • Top speed: 167
  • 0-60mph: 4.1
  • BHP: 320
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
  • Engine Capacity: 4997cc
  • Engine Configuration: V8


Jaguar Racing Green metallic paintwork, Leather upholstery, Staggered Chimaera 500 alloy wheels, Green mohair removable roof panel with folding rear section, 5-speed manual transmission, Limited-slip differential, Power-assisted steering, Burr walnut interior trim, Personal leather steering wheel, Electric windows, Cassette radio, Remote boot release, Central locking, HID headlight upgrade, Afterburner LED rear light upgrade, Maintenance charger, Factory immobiliser, Remote central locking, Spare key.


Finished in special order Jaguar Racing Green this rare Chimaera 500 is one of only 650 ever produced. In line with the mileage the condition of the car is excellent. The sculpted body remains in fine order with a deep shine and other than a couple of minor imperfections in the paint there are no major defects to speak of. The car was treated to a new mohair soft-top in 2015 and the condition is still immaculate; the rear screen is perfectly clear and we’re pleased to report there are no leaks. The car further benefits from brighter HID headlights and subtle Afterburner LED rear lights. Better still, following a recent inspection the underside of the car was found to be in good solid condition with no outrigger issues to report. The staggered 500-specific wheels are perfect.



Trimmed in pale leather with complementing beige carpets the cabin is bright and airy – especially with the roof off. The sports seats are in fantastic original condition with only light patination to evidence the mileage and, having never been re-connolised or left to bake in the sun, the upholstery is still notable supple. The cabin is lifted further with lashings of brushed aluminum and glossy burr walnut trim. Other commonly worn items such as the steering wheel and gear knob present immaculately, and the original carpets are very clean indeed. In the boot you’ll find a pre-wired maintenance charger and a handy rain cover.


Lifting the bonnet reveals a very tidy engine bay, not overly dressed but in superb original condition with the eye-catching 500-spec purple rocker covers signifying the V8’s 5-litre displacement. The car is accompanied by an outstanding maintenance record and was last serviced in May 2023 at 53k miles. The service book is stamped at very close mileage intervals and the car has only ever been looked after by TVR and prominent marque specialists.

History File

This beautiful Chimaera 500 was first registered in August 1997. In the hands of only 5 registered keepers the car has driven 53k fully documented miles from new. The maintenance book is stamped with 22 main dealer and specialist entries, as detailed below. The History File is complete with the original TVR ring binder, a raft of invoices and MOT certificates, an original sales brochure, and the spare key.

Under current ownership the car has been professionally stored with a reputable TVR specialist. Recent maintenance work includes a steering rack rebuild with new mounts and tie rod ends, new power steering fluid pipes, new tank-to-engine fuel lines, new front dampers and bushes, a new battery, washer motor, new plug leads and insulators, a diff oil change, a gearbox oil change, and a recent service carried out in May 2023 at 53,685 miles.

27/08/1997 at 1,031 miles – TVR
17/03/1998 at 5,952 miles – TVR
18/09/1998 at 12,178 miles – TVR
09/03/2000 at 19,628 miles – TVR
21/08/2001 at 29,242 miles – TVR
23/08/2002 at 32,414 miles – TVR
28/08/2003 at 34,410 miles – TVR
23/08/2004 at 35,792 miles – TVR
18/08/2005 at 36,859 miles – TVR
06/09/2006 at 37,188 miles – TVR
21/08/2007 at 37,706 miles – TVR
15/09/2008 at 38,045 miles – TVR
17/08/2009 at 38,660 miles – TVR
08/09/2010 at 38,730 miles – TVR
25/03/2011 at 38,908 miles – TVR
19/03/2012 at 41,819 miles – TVR specialist
30/04/2013 at 43,873 miles – TVR specialist
08/04/2014 at 45,170 miles – TVR specialist
08/04/2015 at 46,439 miles – TVR specialist
15/03/2016 at 47,419 miles – TVR specialist
28/03/2017 at 48,823 miles – TVR specialist
24/04/2018 at 50,456 miles – TVR
23/05/2023 at 53,685 miles – TVR specialist

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