Mike was looking for a TVR and discovered the Chimaera was ideal for his price range, and has owned his 1995 400 model since 2002. Bought privately, it offered more car for the money than other models and meant there was some cash left over for any repairs needed.
‘I also like the retro looks, and just as importantly my wife liked the colour! The condition was good for the age and it had covered around 27,000 miles, but I pretty much used it as a daily driver for the first nine years of ownership so the mileage is now 90,000,’ he says. ‘It’s proven reliable with regular servicing. I also overhauled the suspension, and fitted a new differential as well as replacing the valve stem oil seals. It took a year – I did the work myself. Since then it gets occasional use.’