Around a total of 6,000 Chimaeras were assembled. The manufacture started in 1991 and continued through to 2003 with five principle models: the 400, 400HC, 430, 450, and 500.
In 1990 - The Griffith 4.0 model was displayed at the British Motor Show.
In 1991 - Based upon the Tuscan racer chassis, a redesigned Griffith debuts at the British Motor Show.
In 1992 - Essentially a Griffith with a larger boot for more user-friendliness, the Chimaera launches at the Earls Court motor show.
In 1993 - It was first produced. The name originally comes from Chimera, a Greek mythology monster made of several animal parts. Created by Peter Wheeler, John Ravenscroft, and Peter's dog Ned who according to rumors designed its front indicator recess.
The vehicle founded itself on the Griffith 4x running gear and chassis, fitted with a moderately smoother suspension set up, Bilstein dampers, and a back anti-roll bar.
A 4.0 lt or 4.3 lt variant of the Rover V8, with catalytic converters, so the vehicle would comply with 1993 regulations.
In 1994 - The Rover SD1 gearbox was substituted with a Borg-Warner T5 gearbox. Succeeded by the insertion of the 5-liter engine as suited to the Griffith 500.
In 1996 - Right around this period, the Chimaera and the Griffith began to share identical chassis and brakes, but the dampers were kept different.
The Griffith also had the Chimaera rear anti-roll bar. Although these changes were overlooked by the majority, the transformations were mostly decorative.
The wire front grill was replaced by the Cerbera split intake model. The closure of its doors was changed with an under wing-mirror outline. The backside bumper strip and boot lid were re-made, and the boot hinges were substituted with rear light clusters.
The interior also was revitalized, re-designing numerous switches. Despite this, across all of these alterations, the vehicle was without any doubt a Chimaera.
In 1997 A 4.5-liter edition is available for sale. Originally, the intention was to fit TVR’s AJP engine, but it was not ready.
In 1998 - A rear angled license plate and the rear lights were redesigned.
In 1999 - More alterations give as a result a vertical boot opening, an improved gas tank, a wiper system, and better seats.
In 2001 - The exterior of the car included faired-in headlights.
In 2002 - The last one was made.
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