Lot 147 - 1996 TVR Chimaera Clubman (4.0 litre)
|Odometer reading||3,603 miles|
|Estimate||£17,000 - £20,000|
- Only 3,603 miles from new
- Wonderful original condition throughout
- Rare Clubman model with Limited Slip Differential
TVR was an independent British manufacturer of sports cars and until 2006, was based in the seaside town of Blackpool. The company manufactured lightweight sports cars with powerful engines and was, at one stage, the third largest specialised sports car manufacturer in the world offering a diverse range of coupés and convertibles. TVR's are composed of tubular steel frames, cloaked in fibreglass bodywork. The two arms of the company were TVR Engineering, which manufactured sports cars, and TVR Power, their powertrain division. The company has, regrettably, had a turbulent recent history and had not made any new cars since 2006. In July 2012, owner Nikolay Smolensky announced that, despite analysing various potential plans to create a new car, building a new TVR model was not going to be financially viable - despite promising to do so when buying the company - and thus TVR's existence as a car manufacturer was brought to an end. The Chimera was intended to be the long distance tourer of the range and as such was longer, more spacious and had slightly softer suspension than its sister car.
Imported from Japan, this exceptional example is presented in metallic grey with grey leather interior and has a black manually operated hood. It has covered a remarkable 3,603 miles from new which must make this car probably the lowest mileage example on the market today. Its beefy 4.0 litre V8 engine is mated to a five speed gearbox and has electric windows. The owner has just serviced the car and it comes with an MoT test certificate which expires in January 2020. These are high performance cars not for the faint hearted, particularly as this is the Clubman model which has a Limited Slip Differential and no power steering – a real drivers car!
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