Whenever I see a right-hand drive car, it just gives me a little knot in my stomach and makes me think loudly, “oh, here we go…” Maybe that has to do with my only experience driving a right hander in New Zealand after a 20 hour flight and no sleep for 3 days. Just sayin’.
So in general on AnalogWheels.com I don’t include right hand drive vehicles. One, because of the knot in my stomach that they create, and two because right hand drive cars are spawn of the devil. Haha, no they are not of the devil, I’m just kidding (emphatically nodding my head “yes”).
What I found interesting about right hand drive is that there is selectivity between which things are reversed. The pedals are all in the same orientation but moved to the other side of the car. So you’d think the turn signal stalk would be in the same location too. No. Signal to make a right hand turn and you will end up with your windshield wipers on high.But sometimes there’s a car worth looking into that’s a right hand drive model. This TVR is one of those cars.
TVR: A car brand mistakenly thought by a millennial or two to be a magnetic tape recording device their parents used to record the television shows Cheers and Family Ties on. Generation Z has no idea what I’m talking about at all, they are only rolling their eyes at the old guy (me). Old guy shakes his head. Oops I forgot the trigger warning. Sorry kid.
What this has to do with The Swiss Colony’s cheese log with nuts is anyone’s guess. I know, there I go again off the deep end. Reeling it back in now. Ahem…
One thing that’s fun about this TVR’s name is that it uses the archaic -ae in the name Chimera turning it into “Chimaera”. This of course relates to the mythical beast which is a hodge-podge of biological entities stuck together. A recombinant of sorts. Or should I say a “recombinaent”?
This particular TVR 400 is all gray-on-gray action and has had a body off restoration as of 2008 where everything was brought back to factory spec. It’s powered by a Rover 4.0 liter V8 engine and has 83,000 miles on the odometer. It comes with an extra pedal used to activate the clutch which miraculously is found to the left of the brake pedal, which also miraculously is found to the left of the gas pedal…which is found to the left of the right fender.
It comes with a magnetic tape player device (cassette) on which one could play what in those days was called “music”. Said recorded music would have been played by humans on archaic instruments such as electric guitars and drums instead of the boopings and beepings of computers today. One might have expected to hear such mellifluous melodies as Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box” and “All Apologies” wafting from the TVR’s sound system.
This stone hatchet of a stereo is likewise positioned to the left of the driver, much like everything else. (Stone hatchets are analog too, which means we celebrate them also.) The convertible top which is located above the driver’s head would have likewise been positioned opposite of where normal people position it if it were possible. British practicality, noted elsewhere, has it’s limits.
The Rover V8 powering this mythical mutt was rated at 240 HP, could do 0-60 in 5.1 seconds and had a top speed faster than you will likely ever need, particularly in a convertible. Included with this TVR convertible is a maximum 152 mph toupee remover. Just keep that in mind when you go out dressed to the nines on a Friday night.
All things considered this front engine, rear drive GT car is a very VERY nice and rare analog vehicle , a clear title, and an asking price of $29,500.
Feel free to click HERE to take you to the listing on ebay for more information or to make an offer on this sleek cruiser.