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1997 TVR Chimaera 500

  • Right Hand Drive
  • 32,593 Miles
  • Manual, 5 speed
  • Petrol
  • 4997cc
  • 1997
  • R697AAH
  • Red
  • Private seller
  • Manchester, United Kingdom


Here is my cherished TVR, owned by one careful lady driver for the last 21 years.
I am also a member of the TVR Club and have been since 2003.
After 21 years of ownership, I have decided it’s time to sell my Chimaera 500 - year 1997 model with low 32, 518 miles on the clock. purchased from Chris Neil's Northwich.
A beautiful colour combination of Starmist crimson Paint code Colour however the sale receipt states in error that the car Rosso Pearl paint with a magnolia leather interior with a magnolia dash top, Deep Burgundy carpets and black hood - looks amazing!
All set off nicely by Leven alloy accessories (gear knob, handbrake, stalks.) and a walnut dashboard (which does have a small crack to the right of the gauges). I have lived with this for the length of car ownership and it is static.
Leven technology high specification Badge Chimaera 500. 2004
Original steering wheel
Original fit Pioneer MD four speaker stereo with CD changer.
Car comes with original TVR leather handbook. I can throw in Steve Reid's TVR bible to the lucky person who decides to buy.
Some wear to the carpet on the driver’s side behind the seat.
Power steering.
Alloy Wheels
15” Wheels on the front.
16" Wheels on the rear
Dealership Serviced in 2006, 2008, 2009
new O/ S Mirror Replaced and painted 2006
Speedo transducer replaced 2007
New fuel lines 2009
New painted driver's side headlight cowl. (due to being lost on the motorway)
new front tyres Goodyear's on rear and Toyo Proxies on front. 2021
New Alternator fitted 2022.
New battery 2022.
MOT completed in May 2024, no advisories.
The car has been exceptionally well maintained and upgraded over the years. Of note are the following:
New Meta alarm with two new remotes fitted by Chris Neil's Northwich 2021
Two keys.
Original chassis that has been well maintained and wax oiled throughout its life.

The car has been garaged for the whole of my ownership.
The original bill of sale is included in the paperwork.
Alongside all paperwork for any work done to the car.

So why am I selling? Well, having recently retired and fancying a change.
Camper vanning life is beckoning me.
Thanks for looking. No canvassers. I went to buy a TVR at the time I had a Tuscan in mind but on the test drive of both cars I fell in love with that five litre V8 sound. I have had the car over the last 20 years and in that time have driven it to a number of Pistonhead events. I am the original PH JESSICA. I am also a long term member of the TVR car Club. The car has been much loved and cherished for all this time.

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Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom
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