¬£14000 - 16000*
The Cerbera's name is derived from Cerberus, the three-headed beast that was said to guard the entrance to Hades. Introduced in 1996, the model was the first Peter Wheeler-era TVR to feature the following: fixed head coachwork, 2+2-seating and in-house engines. Designed by race engineer Al Melling and inspired by contemporary Formula One practice, the new AJP8 'Speed Eight' V8 initially displaced 4.2-litres but later grew to 4.5 and 4.7-litres (a 4-litre in-line 'Speed Six' derivative was subsequently offered too). A ferocious performer, the Cerbera 4.2 was reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds and 180mph with its more powerful siblings proving faster still.
The 1996 example on offer is finished in the striking combination of Crimson Starmist paired with Flint Doeskin interior trim. It was originally built with a 4.2-litre engine but is now powered by a 4.5-litre one that's been remapped and dyno tested at 390bhp and 330lbft of torque. The reason behind the transplant is unclear albeit that TVR are known to have uprated several early Cerberas in a similar fashion due to a spate of failures with the smaller capacity unit. Boasting a stamped service history prior to entering the current (sixth) ownership during 2005, the TVR comes with a log of the works that the vendor has carried out himself, or outsourced, since then including synthetic oil changes every two years or so regardless of the mileage covered. Recent specialist attention included a coolant change plus new ignition coils, spark plugs and leads. The seller presently grades the bodywork, paintwork, interior trim, engine and five-speed manual gearbox as all being in 'good' order. 'P842 NON' currently displays 62,000 miles and is MOT'd to November 14th 2017.
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