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.