Lot 116 - 1996 TVR Chimaera Clubman (4.0 litre)

Lot 116 - 1996 TVR Chimaera Clubman (4.0 litre)

Lot 116 - 1996 TVR Chimaera Clubman (4.0 litre)

Lot Number 116
Registration P360 DEP
Chassis Number SDLDCC485TJ012033
Odometer reading 3,603 miles
Estimate No Reserve
Result Sold - £32,480
  • 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, it 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 has 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.

This lovely example was imported from Japan and is presented in metallic grey with grey leather interior and 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, 275 BHP High Compression V8 engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox and it has electric windows and air conditioning. These high performance cars are not for the faint hearted, particularly as this is the Clubman model which has a limited slip differential and no power steering – exhilarating!

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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