FOR SALE: 2001 TVR Chimaera
Looking for something sporty and affordable, but very different? TVR's Chimaera was highly rated by the media during its model life and today makes for an interesting, fun-to-drive classic.
Year and Make/Model: 2001 TVR Chimaera
Engine: 4.0L V8 Petrol
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 103 800 km
Car location: Johannesburg
PRICE: R349 900
During the '90s and early noughties TVR sportscars were all the rage, with particularly the UK media rating them as remarkably talented cut-price alternatives to "mass-market" exotic rivals from the likes of Porsche, Jaguar and Lotus. But TVR, founded in 1946 by Trevor Wilkinson and and Jack Pickard, was no "flash in the pan", although it has since fallen on hard times and the brand has changed hands a few times. (There is currently a serious effort underway to get the brand back onto the market with a reborn Griffith.)
The Chimaera, which is more of a sporty grand tourer, was built from 1992 to 2003 and in total only 5 256 were manufactured. This particular example uses a Rover 4.0L V8 engine, mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox, driving the rear wheels. Performance is electrifying, with a 0-100kph time of around 4.7 seconds and a 254kph top speed.
This dark burgundy Chimaera is based in Johannesburg and still feels a lively performer. As with all TVRs, it is very unconventional in terms of its interior ergonomics. While the indicators, wipers and radio are where you would expect these features to be, the doors open with a twist dial on the centre console and the electric window buttons are hidden from sight. The car comes with an easily-removable hard-top, which can be stored in the boot when not used.
The interior trim of this Chimaera is tan leather with a woodgrain facia.
NOTE: The above information was supplied by the dealer currently advertising this vehicle and has not been verified by SentiMETAL/Cars.co.za.
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