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The Green Man Sportscar

November 1992

Going to a boy’s comprehensive in North was all fights, knife crime and shanks, and that was just the teachers. In reality, though, fights were rare and most of the boys kept their heads down trying to figure out teenage life and arguing about which was better, the Amiga or the Nintendo (it was the Amiga). And then in later years which band was better, Oasis or Blur (it was Blur)?

Living within walking distance, and having long since given up the hassle of cycling to school, I used to dawdle past 56 Leasowe Road. Outside sat a Green TVR. I wasn’t really sure about TVRs at the time, their heritage, the engineering, or Trevor – but it did stand apart from the other cars. It was a sports car for sure, but I felt it had its own identity, and I certainly hadn’t seen many of them.

Although I can’t be sure, I think it was a very early TVR Chimera. Check out the next article here.

The TVR Chimera: A British Sportscar Classic

TVR Chimera, the sleek and aggressive sports car that epitomizes everything TVR stands for, was introduced in 1993. It was designed by the legendary Peter Wheeler, a former chemical engineer and the owner of TVR, who was known for his unrelenting passion for high-performance cars.

Engine and Performance

The TVR Chimera came equipped with a range of powerful engines, the most popular of which was the 5.0-litre V8 engine, producing an impressive 240 bhp. The engine was paired with a five-speed manual gearbox, providing a top speed of 165 mph, and it could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. The lightweight chassis, which was constructed of aluminium and steel, combined with the powerful engine, made for an agile and thrilling ride.


The TVR Chimera was designed to be a sleek and timeless classic with a low-slung body, smooth curves, and sharp angles. The interior was a work of art, with black leather seats, a simple dashboard, and analogue gauges. It was a car that captured what it meant to be a TVR, and it has continued to be a favourite among enthusiasts.


The Chimera was manufactured from 1993 to 2002, and only 4,000 units were produced during that time. This exclusivity and rarity have helped to maintain the car’s value over time, and it is considered a highly sought-after classic car today.

TVR Engineering

TVR is known for its engineering eccentricities, and the Chimera is no exception. For example, the car had no power steering, which gave it a more direct and engaging driving experience. The hand-built nature of the car also meant that every model had its unique quirks and nuances, which only added to the car’s charm.


The TVR Chimera remains an iconic car that has continued to capture the imagination of car enthusiasts worldwide. Its combination of power, performance and stunning design is a testament to the passion and dedication of the TVR team.

If you want to learn more about the TVR Chimera and other TVR models, check out the TVR Tour Blog. You can also follow TVR on social media to stay up to date on the latest news and developments.

In the end, the TVR Chimera represents the perfect embodiment of the TVR spirit, an uncompromising commitment to performance, design, and engineering. So if you ever get the chance to drive one, don’t hesitate – it’s an experience you’ll never forget.

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