TVR CHIMAERA

Autocar - - Buying Guide -

1992-2003 Price: £12,000

If the Grif­fith was the car that re­vi­talised TVR when it was launched in 1991, the Chimaera of 1992 was the one that es­tab­lished the man­u­fac­turer in the pop­u­lar imag­i­na­tion. Longer, lower and more prac­ti­cal than the Grif­fith, the Chimaera was in­tended to be more of a grand tourer, and its greater us­abil­ity, deeply pretty looks, thump­ing Rover-sourced 4.0-litre V8 and rea­son­able price en­deared it to the Bri­tish pub­lic – while its hairy-chested han­dling earned it a rep­u­ta­tion as the per­fect an­ti­dote to more clin­i­cal sports cars like the Porsche Boxster.

More than 5000 ex­am­ples were made in all, of which at least 2200 re­main. The Chimaera went through sev­eral changes through­out its life too – first gain­ing more pow­er­ful, high­er­ca­pac­ity vari­ants in the 4.0 HC, 4.5 and 5.0 ver­sions, be­fore ditch­ing the V8 al­to­gether in favour of TVR’S own in-line ‘Speed Six’, with styling tweaks to match.

Which you should buy de­pends largely on your pref­er­ences – al­though, as any Chimaera will offer up the in­gre­di­ents that make the model special, we’d go for one of the orig­i­nal 4.0s. In clean, un­mo­lested form, they’re the most likely to ap­pre­ci­ate, yet still the cheap­est to buy.

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