TVR’s Chimaera was the new less savage model with a Grand Touring image for the more discerning buyer. Although TVR decided to fit a stonking V8 engine in the Chimera resulting in stunning performance from a luxury roadster.
TVR are renowned for building uncompromising large engine British sports cars, which is exactly what the Chimaera is but slightly softer round the edges than its sister the TVR Griffiths. It’s also a little bigger with an accommodating boot to help reinforce that luxurious image. But with power rated from 4.0 ltr to 5.0 ltr engines at 235 to 320 bhp it was as much a TVR as all the others.
Legend has it that during the styling of the Chimaera TVR boss Peter Wheeler’s dog Ned took a bite out of one of the foam Chimaera models and Wheeler decided to use this bite mark as the front indicator recesses, so well done Ned, good boy.
The Chimaera in many ways is a typical TVR with all of the good points and bad ones to. Make sure every car you look at comes with good history and is well looked after by its previous owners, a cheap one will have its problems.
Like every other TVR the body is glass fibre and stone chips are inevitable, look out for the usual starring and accident damage repair work making sure it’s been done properly. Not everyone can repair splits and cracks. TVR’s can suffer with doors dropping so make sure all gaps are even. Looking at the chassis bear in mind out riggers do rot so they may have been replaced by now also look out for hidden nasties.
The Rover V8 engine is very durable with chains lasting around 100,000 miles. Check the cars history as well as regular oil and filter changes. TVR’s don’t like standing idle so check that all the electrics work as they should also make sure the cabin isn’t suffering from damp as dashboard veneers can start to peel.
Later Chimaera’s were fitted with Borg Warner gearbox’s which are much stronger than the early Rover ones also check the suspension by pushing down each corner making sure it returns without bouncing.
The TVR Chimaera was named after Greek Mythologies bizarre creature consisting of a lions head, a goats head and a snake for a tail. We assume it was so called because it used many parts from other TVR models.
Mark Wilkinson, Managing Director Says:
“The Chimaera was produced by TVR way back in 1993 at the height of their success and was TVR’s most successful selling car. It was still a V8 powered supercar so TVR enthusiasts loved it”