Drivers Anonymous – 1995 TVR Chimaera 400HC review

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1995 TVR Chimaera 400HC

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Turn the key to activate the ignition, a second until the whine of the pump stops, signifying it’s primed and ready for Turn the key a little further and the churns – faster and higher then my usual car. immediately the already-warmed engine to life, high octane feeding the 8 hungry cylinders.

The rise initially then to an even burble just 1,000rpm. Blip the throttle impossible to resist, and I’m with a snarling bellow, so of a TVR V8. Blip it a couple more just to savour what is, to my the most evocative and perfect ever created by man.

the clutch pedal and shift the short-throw gear lever first. The low slung driving and huge transmission tunnel it feels like you’re up to grab the spherical alloy knob, rather than like in most cars it’s because you’re – Ed]. Apply a bit of gas and release the clutch pedal. gently then change to the shift action is satisfyingly

Even when accelerating the noise emitted from the stainless–steel exhausts is spine especially with the roof Up to third now and ease off the gas to keep it at the 40

Already I feel at home. The low and snug, cosseting driving makes this feel special. Ride quality is but surprisingly absorbent and quiet.

I easily cruise around all day – is no effort at all.

But the calm not last long. Around the hander and the national speed sign looms. Still in gear, I press the throttle into the carpet as I pass the Instantly the car surges forward, by the kind of bellowing cacophony might signify the arrival of Ease off slightly for the left then back on the power.

in third gear, up the hill, the reverberating off the stone walls either side, under the railway bridge which and echoes the sound further.

The yelp and giggle from my to my left reminds me I’m not and is followed by a gasp and Gosh as the continue to rise. The sheer generated is not a complete surprise to me – but the way the of the surge increases as the revs is. The pull from the four high-compression V8 seems to get stronger and as the needle heads towards the rev

Grab fourth now and ease off the gas – I can feel the that’s fast thank you vibes emanating the passenger seat, despite the grin on her face. A couple kinks in the road ahead, to the right then the left, the Chimaera takes in its stride, at this speed. Then the crest, illuminate the slow bend sign and brake

A quick downshift to third a heel-and-toe throttle blip the perfectly placed pedals so facilitate. Off the brakes, turn the and the car turns in to the right hander There’s no noticeable body just instant response and

My pace is moderate (probably to most people) but I’m within my comfort zone and near the car’s limit – early days yet. The ridge causes an ever-so-slight at the front end but the rear remains I start easing on the power as I the steering lock, then its to the floor again as I hit the straight. The is simply awesome – probably at 50% of the enjoyment of the experience.

I change up to again then quickly fifth and settle at a not-so-licence-shredding

What a rush. That blat was a once-in-a-lifetime drive. it wasn’t…this is my car, I’ve bought it and there will be more once-in-a-lifetime drives to

Does life get any better?

So why a TVR ? Well, I’ve always a TVR fan. Ever since I saw and heard a 350i, I’ve obsessed. I couldn’t believe such a noise could be It made the hairs on my neck to attention and I came over all

Then, when I saw the Chimaera at the Motor show in 1992, I at that moment I had to own one. it’s taken a while but finally scratched the itch and got a 1995 400HC.

Knowing a liability I could be taking on, I the TVR car club a few weeks ago and started the forums on both the TVR Car Club and Pistonheads. in order to assimilate as information as I could, and started the classifieds. I must have at hundreds for sale online. The one I went to see was right at the top of my budget and what a shocker – it was a tatty

I started to feel a bit dejected and my dream was doomed.

I went to my local TVR club meeting one evening and spoke to a few of the Chimaera It seemed that my dream was not Good ones are out there at my but they take some

Whilst I was desperate to own one, I was in no so I continued looking, happy to for the right one.

I didn’t to wait long. The car I bought for sale on Pistonheads a few days I made the call and went to see it. As as I set eyes on it I knew it was the one – it practically to me. After a bit of negotiation a price was – subject to a satisfactory inspection that liability thing).

I Rob Ingleby. a renowned TVR specialist, and his inspection services. Boy am I glad I Firstly, he reported that the outrigger is rusting along the top corner and needs replacing (a TVR issue). Secondly, he reported the rest of the chassis is sound and apart from a couple of issues, it’s a desirable car a fantastic engine and drivetrain.

The bodywork is generally in great with a minor scuff on the and only a small number of The interior is also in fantastic and the black leather looks I’m not keen on the wooden but a stainless steel one is high on my list.

So, inspection done, I I wanted it but not at the original price. a bit more negotiation I got the price by a further ВЈ1k, thus me to get the chassis fixed and still be within my original budget.

are a few other minor things I’ll enjoy sorting out in the to come. I’m going to the car as much as I can through the autumn and then get the chassis fixed the Spring. I can already feel coming on but I’m happy to my time – this is a car for

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