TVR Cerbera (1996-2003)
Peter Wheeler’s sports coupe for TVR
The TVR Cerbera was unveiled in 1994 at the Birmingham Motor Show. It was two years later that the first car hit UK roads. A first under Peter Wheelers ownership was a 2+2 coupe with an all new TVR AJP8 4.2 Litre engine.
TVR’s new engine was the base model for the Cerbera range capable of 180 mph the 360 bhp TVR would do 0-60 mph in an astonishing 4.2 seconds in typical TVR style. If this wasn’t quite powerful enough for you TVR presented a 4.5 litre version with a 0-60 mph of just 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 185 mph. Then of course there was the Red Rose Cerbera with a tweaked 4.5 TVR engine developing 440 bhp and a 0-60 mph of 3.9 seconds with larger brakes and uprated suspension it was the pinnacle of the Cerbera.
The TVR Cerbera coupe was slightly more accommodating than the roadsters on offer and could seat four adults but this didn’t make it any more pedestrian and once again like all other TVR’s of the nineties it looked sleek and smooth from the outside and exuberant and extravagant from within.
Specification for TVR Cerbera (1996-2003)
|Years Produced||1996 - 2003|
|Performance||0-60mph 4.2 sec / Top speed - 180mph|
|Power & Torque||360bhp/330 lb ft|
|Engine||4185cc V8 / 16 valves|
|Drive-train||front engine / RWD|
|Transmission||Five speed manual|
Valuation since Launch for the TVR Cerbera (1996-2003)
Buying a TVR Cerbera
If you’re looking for a fancy sports car with full fat power the TVR Cerbera is a perfect choice. So let’s have a look at the good and bad points of buying a TVR Cerbera. Firstly bodywork is of course fibreglass so no rust problems here although the chassis is another matter. Look out for corroded outriggers at the back of the front wheel arch this is where mud can get trapped eventually eating away at the chassis. Suspension suffers with no inherent problems but look out for leaky power steering. The Borg Warner T5 Transmission is bullet proof with the only flaw being synchromesh wear in 2nd and 5th gears with a clutch lasting around 25,000 miles.
A Persistent TVR problem is electrics so make sure everything works properly, ECU’s are repairable. The V8 engine can be labour intensive with tappets needing re-shimming every 24,000 miles watch out for oil leaks from the V8’s front cover.
Interiors are sumptuously leather clad from fascia to rear seats so check it’s all in good order. Don’t buy a cheap TVR thinking you can do it up a bit as this could end up costing you a fortune. Buy a clean one with good history that will keep you happy for a long time.
Insuring a TVR Cerbera
Without doubt the TVR Cerbera is already a modern classic and as a British built sports car are definitive style icons of the last two decades. Insuring of these beasts couldn’t be cheaper at the moment with Heritage modern classic policies. Let’s take a look at some typical examples.
- This quotation has been based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 60.
Annual premium – £215.00 with a £200 accidental damage excess.
- This quotation has been based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 45.
Annual premium – £265.39 with a £200 accidental damage excess.
- This quotation has been based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 35.
Annual premium – £305.32 with a £200 accidental damage excess.
*NB: All insurance quotes are based on the same criteria: The vehicle being garaged overnight. Accident, claim and conviction free and a limited mileage of 3000 per annum with full use of a main car daily. All quotations are based on an Agreed Value of £10,000. Prices may alter depending on individual criteria. Quote carried out September 2017.
In August 2006 TVR held an online auction for the last TVR Cerbera which failed to meet the reserve price but was still sold to the highest bidder at just under £45,000 plus VAT. The last Cerbera was Pepper white with a Prussian blue interior.
Mark Wilkinson (Managing Partner of Heritage Classic Car Insurance)
says, “Like all TVR’s from the 1990’s the TVR Cerbera is a beautiful but brutish bygone British sports car that demands appeal in today’s classic car market. If you’ve ever driven one you’ll know exactly what we mean. There’s nothing quite like a TVR.”