Chimaera's in the USA

Chimaera's in the USA

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Big g

87 posts

238 months

Monday 12th April 2021
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I remember that drive ......out in the suburbs of Madrid.

I had an 3000S at the same time.

USChimaera

10 posts

20 months

Tuesday 13th April 2021
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I have a 1993 430 Chimaera in Cape Coral Florida since just before Christmas. Look me up if yu are down here.

andrewbr

37 posts

23 months

Wednesday 28th April 2021
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Ok, FINALLY time for me to make this post!

Picked up my very own Chimaera 400 this morning, couldn't sleep the night before like a kid on Christmas eve. It's quite the machine, but I don't need to tell any of you that. Lots to learn and enjoy.

Big thanks to the Marks - Mark (OX_TVR on here) for the info and advice and importing a car, and Mark at Amore Autos for putting up with my phone calls.




Classic Chim

11,724 posts

129 months

Thursday 29th April 2021
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Excellent Andrew and congratulations she looks just fine.
Feel free to ask questions on the British Chimaera forum as there are lots of experienced owners on there with good advice.
Enjoy.

so called

8,796 posts

189 months

Thursday 29th April 2021
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andrewbr said:
Ok, FINALLY time for me to make this post!

Picked up my very own Chimaera 400 this morning, couldn't sleep the night before like a kid on Christmas eve. It's quite the machine, but I don't need to tell any of you that. Lots to learn and enjoy.

Big thanks to the Marks - Mark (OX_TVR on here) for the info and advice and importing a car, and Mark at Amore Autos for putting up with my phone calls.



Congratulations, she looks great.

I always enjoyed driving my Chimaera.
Used to 'commute' from my UK home to the office in Germany. Gobbled up the miles with ease.
The old fashioned English comfy seats and the noise, just great.
Still makes me smile today just thinking back.

Big g

87 posts

238 months

Thursday 29th April 2021
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Congratulation Andrew - looks a very nice car.

We are a growing band of owners over here......It looks like you are on the West Coast ??

OX_TVR

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11 posts

37 months

Thursday 29th April 2021
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Car is Lovely. Glad I could help!

Big g

87 posts

238 months

Friday 30th April 2021
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This was my Griff leaving the UK a couple of weeks ago ....Docks in NJ this weekend

andrewbr

37 posts

23 months

Friday 30th April 2021
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Big g said:
Congratulation Andrew - looks a very nice car.

We are a growing band of owners over here......It looks like you are on the West Coast ??
Yes, Seattle. Pics were taken at the LeMay Auto Museum in Tacoma which is right near the port where I picked up the car.

SwervinIrvin

10 posts

12 months

Thursday 2nd September 2021
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I just picked up this 93 Chimaera, and I’m sorting through problems. Slow windows, hot start issue (cranks fine but no start), no instrument lights (found the switch…), horribly scratched up shift knob (put in on the lathe, looks like new now) and various other small things.
Getting tags today, how is everyone mounting a US plate?


geeman237

1,086 posts

165 months

Thursday 2nd September 2021
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SwervinIrvin said:
I just picked up this 93 Chimaera, and I’m sorting through problems. Slow windows, hot start issue (cranks fine but no start), no instrument lights (found the switch…), horribly scratched up shift knob (put in on the lathe, looks like new now) and various other small things.
Getting tags today, how is everyone mounting a US plate?

I imported a Griffith. I had a UK sourced TVR backlight plate made up with the same digits as my US state issued one, added the expiration decal and mounted that and also carried the US DMV issued one in the car. Never had a problem. See the photos in my old Bring A Trailer listing for how I did it.

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1992-tvr-griffit...


OX_TVR

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11 posts

37 months

Thursday 2nd September 2021
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I used two small springs and ran them behind the UK plate. I also moved the UK plate forward (away from the body) on the car with some bolts.
I've also used really strong velcro on my MG F.

andrewbr

37 posts

23 months

Thursday 2nd September 2021
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SwervinIrvin said:
I just picked up this 93 Chimaera, and I’m sorting through problems. Slow windows, hot start issue (cranks fine but no start), no instrument lights (found the switch…), horribly scratched up shift knob (put in on the lathe, looks like new now) and various other small things.
Getting tags today, how is everyone mounting a US plate?
Looks great! Where are you located? I attached my rear plate with command strips on the UK plate, hasn't fallen off yet. I kept the UK front plate and haven't gotten pulled over for that yet... (WA requires a front plate which I keep in the car just in case).

SwervinIrvin

10 posts

12 months

Thursday 2nd September 2021
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I’m in Tennessee, looks like have some experimenting to do on the plate. Thanks for the ideas!

jimed

1,496 posts

186 months

Friday 3rd September 2021
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It is interesting to hear about so many Chimaeras and Griffiths in the US and how much they are enjoyed. Back here in the UK there is much concern about the current move from E5 petrol (5% ethanol) to E10 (10% ethanol) and the problems this might cause us all, so as the US (and Canada?) have had fuels with ethanol content of 10% and more for some time I wonder if that has given any problems with these cars?
Obviously some of the rubber fuel lines fitted at time of original build might not have been suitable, but most of those would probably have been replaced with E10 compatible during servicing but any other problems .. ?

geeman237

1,086 posts

165 months

Friday 3rd September 2021
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jimed said:
It is interesting to hear about so many Chimaeras and Griffiths in the US and how much they are enjoyed. Back here in the UK there is much concern about the current move from E5 petrol (5% ethanol) to E10 (10% ethanol) and the problems this might cause us all, so as the US (and Canada?) have had fuels with ethanol content of 10% and more for some time I wonder if that has given any problems with these cars?
Obviously some of the rubber fuel lines fitted at time of original build might not have been suitable, but most of those would probably have been replaced with E10 compatible during servicing but any other problems .. ?
It is possible to buy ethanol free petrol here in the US still. At least for me in South Carolina, but it’s a bit more expensive and is a mid grade octane rating.

OX_TVR

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11 posts

37 months

Friday 3rd September 2021
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I would always run Premium in the TVR, solved that problem.

Big g

87 posts

238 months

Tuesday 14th September 2021
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I had a few goes at adding the plates - ended up with blank UK plates and fixed a standard US plate to it.

CT does not enforce a front plate so that is in the boot/trunk.

One joy of being here and the rarity of TVR's so the classic TVR1 plate is $99 - TVR2 is on the way for my Griff .

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LoFlyer

30 posts

11 months

Sunday 3rd October 2021
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Hi, I'm now the owner of a 1988 TVR S1.5 that I'm restoring here in RI.

so called

8,796 posts

189 months

Tuesday 5th October 2021
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Congrats, plenty of photo's required please. smile