Interior: Damp can peel and crack dashboard veneers; look for garage-stored cars and check for rips in the hood.

Also worth knowing

While many cars may be in near-concours condition, others will have fared much worse because their affordability has allowed them to slip into neglect: if a car is being sold cheap it will probably need some work to bring it up to a good standard. 

TVR as it was doesn’t exist, but there are many dedicated aftermarket specialists, such as Sportmotive and Racing Green Cars. Starting from less than £10,000, the Chimaera really is a bargain, especially when you consider its sister car, the Griffith, will cost at least £20,000.

The Chimaera was set up to be a little more relaxed, with slightly softer springs and a slightly longer wheelbase, but TVR still claimed the same 1060kg kerb weight as the Griffith. 

How much to spend

£8000–£11,999: Cars with high mileages and in the scruffiest condition, often with lots of owners. That doesn’t guarantee a nasty surprise, but spending more buys extra peace of mind.

£12,000-£17,999: Where the biggest selection is found, many with mileages in excess of 50,000 and five owners or more, but some come with extensive service and chassis refurbishment history (specifically the outriggers).


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