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Chimaera 400 Conv. 1999/T

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  • History
  • Test Drive
  • Warranty
  • Finance
Tab 1
TVR Chimaera 400 “Dragon Red”
For sale at £18,500

Named after its striking colour! (Could be a good name for a paint finish on a Griffith built in Wales - in due course!).

This car is rather special as it has only had 2 owners in its life and it has been cared for extremely conscientiously, as reference to the service records will confirm.

J437 JEL was finished in Rosso Pearl when it left TVR Blackpool in 1999. Over the intervening years the body had collected a few marks and the colour, which is also contained in the lacquer top coat, had faded.

Having purchased T437 JEL from its second owner, who was a senior citizen when he bought it, we thought the car should start its third phase of life resplendent in new Emperor’s clothes. And when our paintshop suggested “Dragon Red”, that seemed entirely appropriate for a fire-breathing V8 Chimaera.


And we do think the final result looks a treat - with the exterior complementing an interior trimmed in red-stitched Magnolia, with Ivory-faced instruments, a dashtop finished in Red Ambla and carpeting in Cranberry with Magnolia piping.

Even the Mohair hood is finished in Mulberry so that the red theme is continued throughout. Altogether a striking looking car. You may have noticed that the car runs on Griffith 500, rather than Chimaera, alloys? These were an official TVR option back in the day.


We didn’t spoil the ship for a hap’orth of tar either; even the “unobtainium” gold badges have been fully refurbished.

And here are some salient facts:
A total of 47,550 miles in 25 years. So, less than 2,000 miles per year.
Just 2 owners. The first for 10 years and the second for the last 15 years.
And the second was in his 50s when he bought the car. He is a Flying Dutchman but no boyracer!


Technical specification?

4.0 Litre V8 producing 250 bhp and 270 ft lbs of torque - good for 0 to 60 in 4.7 secs and 155 mph.
The car has power assisted steering.
It doesn’t have air conditioning.

The chassis outriggers have been Dinitrol’d regularly since 2008.
Suspension and brakes? Always fully checked and up to the mark.
That goes for all the gaiters, engine mounts and the oil and fuel hoses too.


Pace? Flows through bends like a Track Star!
That'll be the Bilstein shocks and springs, the Bridgestone tyres and the Optiline suspension set up!

T437 JEL is in very good condition and has a fully stamped service record and a full Service history. The car is in a nice condition - notwithstanding its seniority and its mileage. It has been serviced exclusively by Str8six since March 2012 and the second owner spared no expense.

The car will be supplied with Str8six's renowned "All the 12s" handover specification - i.e. FULL 12,000 miles service completed, 12 months MOT and TAX plus a 12 months/12,000 miles FULL WEAR and TEAR WARRANTY covering (PARTS and LABOUR). And It will be supplied with an inbuilt 12 volt trickle charger.

Overall mileage - 47,525
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Finance to suit all needs
We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Pegasus Finance to offer flexible, and affordable finance to our customer that wish to purchase their dream TVR. Finance is available over periods of UP TO 10 years, subject to the usual terms and conditions.
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Service records? Complete, comprehensive, and consistent, as follows:

22 July 99 - Westover TVR register T437 JEL to its 1st owner - Ferndown, Dorset
23 Jul 99 - 40 miles - PDI service/Westover Sports Cars Ltd
09 Sep 99 - 1,070 miles - 1,000 service/Westover Sports Cars Ltd
27 Jul 02 - 4,147 miles - MOT/August Motors, Salisbury
07 Aug 03 - 4,945 miles - 6,000 service/Westover Sports Cars Ltd
27 Jul 04 - 5,702 miles - MOT/Norman Motors, Ferndown
26 Jul 05 - 5,883 miles - MOT/Norman Motors, Ferndown
10 Oct 06 - 6,283 miles - 12,000 service/Henley Heritage TVR

25 Oct 06 - Henley Heritage sell T437 JEL to its 2nd owner - Woodburn Green, Bucks
03 Oct 07 - 12,630 miles - 6,000 service/The V8 Centre TVR, Harefield
13 Oct 08 - 16,875 miles - 6,000 service/The V8 Centre TVR, Harefield
21 Oct 09 - 21,690 miles - 12,000 service/The V8 Centre TVR, Harefield
13 Oct 10 - 25,426 miles - 12,000 service/The V8 Centre TVR, Harefield
20 Oct 11 - 30,730 miles - 12,000 service/The V8 Centre TVR, High Wycombe
31 Jan 12 - 31,627 miles - Tech Rect/The V8 Centre TVR, High Wycombe
28 Mar 12 - Tech Rect Str8six TVR, Lewknor
22 May 12 - Tech Rect Str8six TVR, Lewknor
16 Oct 12 - 33,818 miles - 12,000 service/Str8six TVR, Lewknor
17 Oct 13 - 37,984 miles - 6,000 service/Str8six TVR, Lewknor
18 Mar 14 - Full Set of Bridgestone Tyres/Adams & Page, High Wycombe
07 Nov 14 - 40,177 miles - 12,000 service/Str8six TVR, Lewknor
26 May 15 - 42,358 miles - 6,000 service/Str8six TVR, Lewknor
24 Nov 16 - 43,589 miles - 6,000 service/Str8six TVR, Lewknor
08 Dec 17 - 46,238 miles - 12,000 service/Str8six TVR, Lewknor
26 Jul 18 - Tech Rect/Str8six TVR, Lewknor
08 Jan 19 - 47,184 miles - 6,000 service/Str8six TVR, Lewknor
28 Feb 20 - 47,425 miles - Oil service/Str8six TVR, Lewknor
21 May 21 - 47,525 miles - 12,000 service/Str8six TVR, Lewknor

04 Jun 19 - 2nd Owner sold T437 JEL to Str8six


POST SALE TO NEXT OWNER - Yourself maybe?
Date TBD c.47,560 miles - PDI & 12,000 service/Str8six TVR
Tab 3
Please contact Jason Clegg on 07834 739307, or Chas Whitaker on 07810 505059. Alternatively call 01844 352735 or email sales@str8six.co.uk for more information and to book an appointment. If conditions are wet we reserve the right to provide a demonstration drive, rather than a customer driven test drive. Please bring your driving licence if you wish to test drive this car. Finance is available, subject to the usual terms and conditions.
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Complete piece of mind purchasing
- with our 12 months full wear & tear warranty

The above car comes with Str8six's renowned full 12,000 miles service completed, 12 months MOT, 12 months Tax and 12 months/12,000 miles full wear and tear warranty covering parts and labour. Plus an inbuilt 12 volt trickle charger and a 12 volt auxiliary cable (if applicable) will also be provided.
Tab 5
Finance to suit all needs
We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Pegasus Finance to offer flexible, and affordable finance to our customer that wish to purchase their dream TVR. Finance is available over periods of UP TO 10 years, subject to the usual terms and conditions.
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This car comes with Str8six's renowned "All the 12’s” handover specification
The 12 months/12,000 miles warranty - is
FULL WEAR AND TEAR (Parts and Labour)

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