I love the look of the Chimaera. Ostensibly it's a very traditional British roadster with those gentle curves, clean lines and quietly muscular proportions. But the details show signs of some of the more eccentric design flourishes that later evolved into more bonkers Tuscans, T350s, Tamoras and Sagaris. They're tucked away, though, be that the finned vents along the bonnet sides, the scalloped doors or the clear-lensed rear lights. The interior is the same, with swathes of leather over bold structural sweeps but a very traditional combination of colours and with that old-school walnut dash and white-faced dials. Classic without looking old-fashioned it's simply a handsome car.
They're similarly old-school to drive too. By modern standards even the 300bhp-plus of the big 5.0-litre V8 option is pretty lazy, the 4.0s, 4.3s and 4.5s offering little more power than a modern hot hatch. But they're light, simple and uncorrupted by gizmos - you get out what you put in, for better or worse. And it's a car about sensations, be that the noise, the feedback through the controls or the proactive driving style it demands. You might not actually be going that fast but it'll always feel exciting, which for 'fast road' driving is way more appropriate than spec sheet numbers.
If it starts, right? Oh sure, we've all heard the stories. But take a proactive approach, stay on top of engine service intervals and make sure the spaceframe steel frame under that GRP body is rust free and solid and owners report Chimaeras to be more dependable than many make out. Good ones will always be in demand and hold their money, which helps offset the investment required to keep it sweet.