- Mileage: 42,612
- Year: 1995
- MOT Expiry: July 2019
- Exterior Colour: Starmist Crimson Metallic
- Interior Colour: Magnolia Hide
- Top speed: 152
- 0-60mph: 4.7
- BHP: 240
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 3947cc
- Engine Configuration: V8
TVR is an independent British manufacturer of lightweight sports cars with powerful engines. The company was, at one time, the third-largest specialised sports car manufacturer in the world. The abbreviation TVR stems from the name of the company's owner Trevor Wilkinson.
The Chimaera was first produced in 1993. The name was derived from Chimera, the monstrous creature of Greek mythology, which was made of the parts of multiple animals. The car was designed by Peter Wheeler, John Ravenscroft, and Peter's dog Ned who, rumour has it, aided in the design of the front indicator recesses.
The Chimaera was based on the Griffith’s running gear and chassis but was fitted with a slightly softer suspension set up, with Bilstein dampers and a rear anti-roll bar. The car was originally provided with a 4-litre or 4.3-litre version of the Rover V8, as fitted to the Griffith, but with catalytic converters to meet 1993 regulations. The initial reviews of the car were very favourable and it soon became TVR's biggest selling car, remaining in that position until 1998. There were about 6,000 produced in total. The first modification took place in 1994, when the Rover SD1 gearbox was replaced with a Borg-Warner T5 gearbox.
Starmist Crimson metallic paintwork, Magnolia leather upholstery, Butterscotch carpets, Black folding soft-top with removable centre panel, Personal steering wheel in black leather, Walnut fascia trim, Electric windows, Electrically adjustable door mirrors, Dash clock, Oil pressure gauge, Sony CD player with USB, Alpine speakers, Cigar lighter, Ash trays, Immobiliser, Tailored Chimaera floor mats, Chimaera sill covers, Spare key.
The sculpted exterior looks marvelous in our studio, the crimson paintwork revealing a gorgeous metallic flake upon close inspection. The glossy finish is without any swirl marks or scratches and the soft-top is pristine; a new rear window was fitted in April this year and thus presents impeccably. There are a just handful of light chips to the front end as to be expected; the most visible ones have been carefully touched in. This car has undoubtedly been treasured by each of its four keepers.
The TVR boasts soft Magnolia Hide with complementing Butterscotch carpets. The supple leather upholstery presents in excellent, scuff-free condition with no discolouration to report. The colour-matched console and door panel trim is also well preserved, and the Personal steering wheel retains a great shine-free texture. On close inspection there is a little wear to the walnut fascia around the stereo, but the larger section housing the instrument cluster is perfect.
In the foot-wells you’ll find tailored crimson overmats with butterscotch piping. The door sill covers also bear the Chimaera logo and look fantastic with their unmarked polished appearance. In the boot you’ll find a covered spare wheel along with ample space for the central roof panel when it’s not in use.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 4.0 TVR-tuned V8 sounds great through the car’s twin pipes. The engine idles up to temperature without fuss and performs very well on test. The car has been extremely well maintained from new, with sixteen entries in the service booklet at close mileage intervals. The 5-speed gearbox is a joy to operate.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 15-inch five spoke wheels are well suited to the Chimaera, presenting in brilliant silver with smart TVR centre caps. There is little wear to be found, and all four alloys are wrapped in a matching set of Uniroyal tyres. Between the spokes the brake discs appear in fine condition, and the calipers all retain their factory silver finish.
This cossetted Chimaera was first registered in July 1995. It was sold through Brundle TVR in King’s Lynn. The first seven services were carried out by the supplying dealer and the remaining nine are a mixture of specialists. The sixteen service entries are stamped at the following mileages: 1k, 6k, 11k, 14k, 16k, 17k, 17k, 21k, 22k, 23k, 26k, 30k, 36k, 38k, 38k, 40k. The most recent service was in June 2017 less than 2k miles ago. The History File is complete with the original TVR document pack containing the owner’s manual and service booklet. There are also plenty of old tax discs, MOT certificates and invoices present.
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