The TVR Chimaera is a two-seater convertible sports car manufactured by TVR between 1992 and 2003. The name was derived from Chimera the monstrous creature of Greek mythology, which was made of the parts of multiple animals and it lives up to it name.
The Chimaera was engineered to be along distance tourer of the range and as such was longer, more spacious and had slightly softer suspension than its sister car the Griffith.
As Pistonheads states “it remains one of the best cars TVR have ever built. The four litre engine was the perfect introduction to the world of TVR. Tame enough not to overwhelm the TVR virgin, yet powerful enough to have plenty of fun with. Most importantly of all, it sounds fantastic”
Luggage space is usually the first compromise if you want fun from a fast road car. The capacious boot of the Chimaera shows that this needn’t be the case. Even with the single piece roof in the boot, there’s plenty of room for luggage and we’re not talking about bizzarely shaped custom made bags. Inside the car, there’s a variety of places to stash your nik-naks and the large rear shelf for further bags if necessary.
The car has the usual bits quirkiness associated with modern TVRs, such as the doors open by the extra ‘gear knob’ on the centre tunnel, no door handles on the outside and electric window buttons that are out of sight
Our Chimeara does not have powered steering (it was an option) but acceleration is provided by a powerful yet forgiving engine in fact is a doddle to drive in traffic. It has a slightly dull and easy feel to it at low revs, not really threatening any trouble until around 3,500rpm. From there it pulls strongly with its mid-range is tremendous fun for blasting past unsuspecting would-be’s
First registered in June 1993 with only 3 previous owners this car in not the usual multiple owner vehicle and with only 49500 miles is very desirable in comparison to many others. It is MOT’d until April 2018.
Our Chimaera was last serviced at 49428 with oils and filters done, prior to then it had a major service at 46238 miles.
Over the years the car has had little expense spared with copious documentation to support.The vast majority of work has been undertaken by independent TVR dealer Fernhurst and Mole Valley TVR this includes £1800 of specialist chassis repair in 2008 and new roof. Over its lifetime with servicing included there has been a spend of almost £13000. The history includes and stamped service book and original invoices.
TVR is still tarnished with questions over built quality but the Chimaera is showing the benefits of a long production life. The Chimaera is a very solid feeling car without the squeeks or rattles that you might expect of a relatively cheap hand built car… but still it is a TVR