The TVR Chimaera was introduced from 1992 and was intended to be the long distance tourer of the range and as such was longer, more spacious, had a larger boot and apparently had softer suspension than its stablemate , the TVR Griffith. However when you compare the cars they are very similar mechanically with the running gear being virtually identical.T
he TVR Chimaera is a two-seater convertible sports car manufactured by TVR between 1992 and 2003. The name was derived from Chimera, the monstrous creature of Greek mythology, which was made of the parts of multiple animals. It was intended to be more of a GT car than its sibling the TVR Griffith.
Ten years of development have resulted in the perfect evolution of the breed. The Chimaera evolved into the ideal embodiment of the modern British sportscar. The car is a piece of sculpture, not designed on a computer, which is immediately obvious on first sight. Great emphasis has been placed on purity of line with no external fuel filler cap, boot release or even door handles as the doors open on the press of buttons under the door mirrors.
Oh yes, and that tall tale about Ned the dog styling the sidelight opening by biting the clay model – it’s true!
In 2001, the car was lightly facelifted and now features a new nose with faired-in headlights and a mildly restyled tail.