1979 current & modern classic.
TVR - 1998 - Chimaera 400 HC.
Alistair R writes about his car.
What I have done to it etc:
- The car is mostly original, with the addition of the chrome accessory pack (stalks, vents, ashtray trims etc) when I bought it and a brushed metal dash after the original wood veneer cracked badly.
- Aside from a replacement roof when the old one was getting faded, a new set of original spec wheels, a steering rack and a radiator the car has needed nothing more than scheduled maintenance during my ownership.
Why I love it:
- The noise! Plus the fact that it is a totally raw driving experience, no ABS, no TC, no airbags, just a large V8, steel frame chassis and lightweight fibreglass body.
- Yes the TVR reputation for biting your head off if you overcook it is true to some degree but the car talks to you and gives you a real feeling of connection to the road.
- Plus it’s always entertaining embarrassing Porsches away from the lights, oh, and did I mention the noise?
- Purchased from a TVR specialist in the south of England, had one owner before me who had allowed the car to want for nothing and had used it regularly.
- It came with a mountain of service history and with the chassis freshly re-powder coated.
- I spent a long time looking for exactly the right car and the choice has paid off.
How I got it:
- Living in central London at the time in 2003 I test drove the 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0 versions of the Chimaera before settling on this 4.0.
- The 4.5s available at the time were mostly pre-facelift models and were no quicker than the 4.0, and the 5.0s I drove all suffered badly from torque shunt at low speed so would not have been as usable in the city.
- I brought the car out to Australia as a personal import when we emigrated and it was one of my conditions for making the move; if the TVR couldn’t come I wasn’t coming either!
How I use him:
- Driven about once a week, although generally not in heavy traffic as the clutch is a bit vicious when hot.
- Cars were meant to be used so I try to give him a decent run whenever possible and he sleeps under a nice soft cotton cover when not in use.
How I feel about owning this car:
- It’s my child, excuse me whilst I go tell him a bedtime story.