TVRs Griffith and Chimaera duo may be named after fierce and frightening mythical creatures, but the prospect of owning either of the cars themselves should be nothing to be scared away by! This book pays no attention to the various myths and tall-tales surrounding these cars, and instead offers buying advice and tips to the potential custodian of either of these brutish British sports cars. Few cars manage to both stir the soul and raise the pulse in the way a TVR can, and the ownership experience can be an extremely rewarding one. Having this book in your pocket is just like having a real marque expert by your side. Benefit from Richard Kitchens years of TVR ownership and experience, learn how to spot a bad example quickly, and how to assess a promising one like a professional. Get the right TVR Chimaera or Griffith at the right price! Packed with good advice - from running costs, through paperwork, vital statistics, valuation, and the TVR community, to whether a TVR Chimaera or Griffith will suit you and your lifestyle - this is THE COMPLETE GUIDE to choosing, assessing and buying the car of your dreams.
Introduction & thanks - the purpose of this book 1. Is it the right car for you? - marriage guidance 2. Cost considerations - affordable, or a money pit? 3. Living with a TVR Chimaera or Griffith - will you get along together? 4. Relative values - which model for you? 5. Before you view - be well informed 6. Inspection equipment - these items will really help 7. Fifteen minute evaluation - walk away or stay? 8. Key points - where to look for problems 9. Serious evaluation - 60 minutes for years of enjoyment 10. Auctions - sold! Another way to buy your dream 11. Paperwork - correct documentation is essential! 12. Whats it worth to you? - let your head rule your heart! 13. Do you really want to restore? - itll take longer and cost more than you think 14. Paint problems - bad complexion, including dimples, pimples and bubbles 15. Problems due to lack of use - just like their owners, cars need exercise! 16. The Community - key people, organisations and companies in the TVR world 17. Vital statistics - essential data at your fingertips Index
Growing up near Southampton in the 1980s, Richard Kitchen became obsessed by all things automotive from a very young age. A love of TVRs turned into a business when he took over the running of Southways Automotive Ltd in 2012, which is now a renowned classic TVR specialist. A father of three boys, and husband to a long-suffering wife, Richard has restored, or had a first-hand in the body-off chassis restorations of many TVRs over the past few years. He owns a TVR S1 and an S2, and previously owned a Chimaera 400.