Lot 318 - 2000 TVR Cerbera 4.5litre
|Odometer reading||50,400 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £10,000|
|Result||Sold - £15,400|
The TVR Cerbera was manufactured between 1996 and 2003. The name is derived from 'Cerberus', the three-headed beast of Greek legend that guarded the entrance of Hades. The car itself was designed from the start as a four-seater. The rear seats are smaller than the front, a design commonly referred to as a '2+2'. However, the interior is designed so that the passenger seat can slide farther forward than the driver's seat. This allows more room for the person sitting behind the front passenger. TVR have referred to this as a '3+1' design. TVR maintained its tradition of building cars that were not only exceptionally powerful but also very light for their size and power output. Like all TVRs of the Peter Wheeler era, the Cerbera had a long-travel throttle to compensate for the lack of electronic traction-control and very sharp steering. Prior to the Cerbera, TVR had purchased V8 engines from Rover and then tuned them for their own use. When Rover was purchased by BMW, the chairman of TVR, Peter Wheeler, didn't want to risk problems should the Germans decide to stop manufacturing the engine. In response, he engaged the services of race engineer Al Melling to design a V8 engine that TVR could manufacture in-house and even potentially offer for sale to other car-makers. In an interview for the television programme Top Gear, Wheeler explained, ""Basically, we designed the engine as a race engine. It was my idea at the time that if we wanted to expand, we ought to make something that we could sell to other people. We've ended up with a 75-degree V8 with a flat-plane crank. The bottom-half of the engine to the heads is exactly as you would see in a current Formula One engine."" A larger version of the engine was later offered that displaced 4.5 litres and output rose to 420 horsepower. One of the attractions of the V8 Cerbera's for many owners was the loud backfire produced on over-run, particularly at low speeds. In fact this was the result of an argument at the factory between one of TVR's executives and the engineers mapping the engine. The engineers wanted to map out this 'irregularity' to improve fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, whilst the executive insisted it was exactly the kind of thing owners would like. In the end a compromise was reached in which the popping and banging remained on the 4.5 litre cars.
Owned by the current vendor since 2006, but unfortunately having had little use over the last few years, the vendor has decided to find a new owner to fully appreciate his pride and joy. Finished in metallic blue with magnolia trim, this 4.5 litre TVR Cerbera is supplied with a V5 registration document and a full years MoT test certificate, together with some degree of service history. Without doubt, TVR's are classified as some of the most stylish sports cars in the modern era. The pure thrill of owning such a car as this cannot be over-stated; the noise from the exhaust is music to the ears and it is certainly priced to sell.
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