Chuck from Michigan bought a beautiful yellow Chimaera 400 LHD (I’m happy twice because this is example n. 75 of Register of LHD Chimaeras) after a 390 SE ownership that lasted for over twenty years. Here’s the story of this great TVR fellow:
Until 4 years ago I had a 1987, LHD yellow 390SE with a 4.7l engine and Borg Warner 5 speed. I owned and cared for her for over 20 years, never growing tired of the wonderful noise! Prior to this, I had two Granturas, two 1800’s, the #2 Trident prototype, a 3000s, several 2500m’s, a V-8 Taimar, 2 280i convertibles and a new 280i coupe.
I finally found the right person to sell my 390 to and ordered a 2019 Corvette and took delivery at the factory. I wanted to get the last of the manual transmission cars! In 3 years I only put 3000 miles on the car! It is the nicest car I will ever own, but not a TVR! I found this car online and purchased it sight unseen. Dieter Lohr, the previous owner, was the nicest man I have ever had the pleasure to deal with and took such fabulous care of the car you could not tell it from new, even being 25 years old with 60k kilometers!
I could not find an easy way to transport and ship the car, so my best friend and I decided to take a European vacation and pick it up!
We flew to Zurich, took the train to Biel, and drove to the Bugatti museum, Porsche museum, Autoworld, saw some old business acquaintances in Calais, took in the Goodwood Hillclimb, had the car completely serviced at TVR101 and they delivered the car to port for me. Such a hardship!!!
I found a power steering rack for the 390 in Germany and truly appreciated it over the years; glad to have it on the Chimaera also. Do miss having A/C though, being a spoiled Yank!!
We drove the car all over Europe and England with no issues at all, even on the wrong side of the road; it was a pleasure to drive!
Maybe I will live long enough to be able to import a Tuscan!! I had many friends at the old factory and miss them dearly!