Debuting at the 1992 Earl’s Court Motor Show, the TVR Chimaera (derived from the Greek mythological creature, Chimera) aimed to serve as a grand-tourer variant of the hardcore TVR Griffith suited for long-distance journeys – featuring softer suspension, more space within the interior, as well as the added bonus of a manual soft-top roof. Just like the Griffith it was based on, the Chimaera featured a body completely made out of fibreglass, as well as a Rover V8 powering the rear wheels mated to a 5-Speed manual transmission, and keeping in line with TVRs focus on only allowing the most experienced of drivers to handle their lightweight machines – omitted driving aids such as anti-lock brakes and traction control. Approximately 5,256 examples were produced during its production run from 1992 to 2003.
This is a 1996 TVR Chimaera, finished in British Racing Green with a Beige interior. This car was imported to Hong Kong from the United Kingdom by a Hong Kong car dealer (who also registered it to drive in the city and ensured it passed its MOT examination), though no records detailing its previous life in the UK can be provided at this time. This TVR formerly belonged to a local car collector in Hong Kong, who kept it stored in a garage while the car was under their care. Aside from a kill switch installed by the previous owner, no other exterior, interior, or running gear modifications have been done to this car. Work done to this TVR as reported by the seller consists of the following: both seats were fully refurbished in early 2022, and the interior carpeting was fully restored in August 2022. The soft top roof has also been recently fully restored. A routine service consisting of the replacement of all of the engine’s fluids (oil etc.) was completed roughly six months ago. The seller also reports the exterior has received a full ceramic coating. Mechanically wise, the seller reports this TVR drives like a classic British sports car and is free of any issues affecting the engine, coolant, transmission, and suspension components. This car has had 0 previous owners and the current mileage is 43,036 km. Please note the road licence has expired as of 9th April, 2021.
The British Racing Green exterior of this TVR roadster has been preserved well over the years – kept fully original as it left the factory. The front bumper is fully intact with no imperfections or damage on its surface or front grille – the same applies for the rear bumper and side portions. Both side doors, the bonnet and boot open and close without any problems – the passenger side hinge does display some classic car patina, but the driver’s side hinge and all of the door latches are free of any major patina spots or rust. Both side door mirrors are free of any damage. Both headlights, tail lights, and side indicators illuminate normally. The manually-operated soft-top roof is in excellent condition thanks to its full refurbishment – there are no surface tears in its material and the roof itself holds up without any sagging. All four original TVR six-spoke alloy wheels are free of any kerb rash. The rear ‘Chimaera’ badge shows signs of wear from over the years, but can benefit from a replacement unit to restore its original appearance – the rest of the TVR exterior badges are in excellent condition. All of the surrounding exterior rubber window trim are free of any signs of cracks.
Interior and Trim
Look inside and a TVR interior greets the eyes – flamboyant and spaceship-like with its collection of dials combined with leather upholstery and wood trim. Despite the abundance of dials for the driver, the overall interior is straightforward and has a minimalist approach – ensuring key information about the current operation of the car is relayed to the driver. Both leather seats are in excellent condition thanks to their full refurbishment, the same applies to the fully refurbished interior carpeting. The leather dashboard is tightly secured to the chassis with no loose threads shown nor any surface damage on its wooden trim. The shift knob, shift boot as well as the handbrake lever and handbrake boot are in very good condition, free of any major surface wear. The same applies to the leather-appointed TVR steering wheel – with no major surface damage. The interesting collection of dials illuminates and function as they should, providing accurate readings to the driver. Both side door panels and sills are free of any damage or surface wear. All of the controls and switchgear are present with none displaying any significant wear – they all operate their corresponding functions normally.
Engine and Running Gear
The 5.0L Rover V8 springs to life instantly with a clear and audible exhaust note that is easily heard by the ears. The engine bay itself has been kept in excellent condition – with no patina, fluid stains or noises observed during our inspection; all of the original engine bay plaques and badges have also been preserved. Power is delivered smoothly and linear without any issues to report as this naturally-aspirated unit gets up to speed. In true TVR fashion, it is a pure driver’s machine to experience behind the wheel – with its natural rawness and due to the lack of driving aids, ensuring the driver is fully attentive at all times to handle this roadster. The 5-Speed manual transmission changes gears in a smooth and engaging manner. As expected of a sports car carrying TVRs DNA, the steering is precise and very responsive to ensure change of direction can happen promptly – we heard no odd noises from the undercarriage or running gear as this TVR was driven. The brakes are responsive to bring this sports car to a halt – with no excessive fade. For those looking for one of the most purest, analogue driving experiences from one of Britain’s most famous sports car brands, the TVR Chimaera is an excellent option for those who love nothing but the thrill of experiencing an open-top British roadster – exclusively available at the Car Farm.
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