Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 134
Year : 1999
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
Registration No. : S526JAH
Chassis No. : SDLCB12A3XB001002
Engine No. : 848P4501068
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


The TVR 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, 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. 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.'

Finished in Pearl Yellow with a purple leather interior and sold
with amazingly a matching child seat, this stunning and aggressive
example of the British bruiser, has been subject to a recent £1,500
specialist's service, details of which can be found in the history
file. Thanks to its low mileage, the car is in excellent condition
and no expense was spared whilst in Japan with its previous owner
or with its current UK owner. The chassis is rust free and in
amazing condition, just like the rest of the car.

This Cerbera is fitted with the tried and trusted V8 AJP 4.5
litre engine and is seen as the rarest and most desirable Cerbera's
and certainly starts into action with the tell-tale bark we are
accustomed to. We are informed this TVR drives and handles as it
should. One of the best TVR's available on the market, styling and
a driving experience like no other, this is not a car for the faint
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170