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Cerbera 4.5 2003/03

  • Spec
  • History
  • Test Drive
  • Warranty
  • Finance
Tab 1
TVR Cerbera 2003 2+2 4.5 “Red Bull Blue - ET”

This 4.5 Cerbera may actually be the proverbial silver bullet!

EXTERIOR - Red Bull Blue - (Hence the title) - A really gorgeous colour - UNMARKED!

INTERIOR - The perfect complement - Prussian Blue and Portland Grey with navy carpet - VGC

WHEELS - Spiders in classic silver - UNBLEMISHED

TYRES - Pirelli P Zero Neros - Brand new within the last 2 years - UNDER 100 MILES!

SEATING - TVRs only 2+2. TVR called it a 3+1. (With the passenger seat adjusted forward an adult (or a child in a baby seat) will fit behind the left front seat.

MILEAGE - 46,450


THE THREE “B”S - This is definitely a 3B car. It LOOKS, SOUNDS and GOES - BEAUTIFULLY!

THE ENGINE - In case you are new to the idea of a Cerbera, you might like to know a little about the car's heart - its engine - with due acknowledgement to Wikipedia.
Prior to the Cerbera, TVR had purchased V8 engines from Rover. When BMW bought Rover, TVRs owner - Peter Wheeler - did not want to risk supply chain problems. So 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 TV 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 current Formula One engines. (of the late 1990s).

The result was called the "Speed Eight" (official designation 'AJP8' - after Al Melling, John Ravenscroft and Peter Wheeler.

Initially the AJP8 was a 4.2 litre V8 rated at 360hp which gave the Cerbera a top speed of 180 mph.

When the 4.5 L Speed Eight was introduced. Power went up to 420hp at 6,750 rpm and torque went up by 60lb ft to 380Ib ft - enabling a top speed of 185 mph. This is the engine which drives the advertised car - Reg No FD03 ZKY.

(TVR subsequently offered their “Red Rose” version of the 4.5 L Speed Eight which develops 440hp and 402lb ft of torque - lifting the top speed to 193 mph. This engine was usually built into TVRs very rare Cerbera 4.5 V8 “Red Rose” “ Lightweight” models. In case you fancy one of those, please check whether we still have one in stock. At the time of writing, we do!).

SERVICE HISTORY - Listed in full in the tab. You will doubtless note that the car covered just 12 miles between August 2013 and January 2021. No, it wasn’t being rebuilt after a crunch!

The last but one owner - himself an engineer - elected to remove the engine and gearbox to cure leaks. Having done so, the calls on his time changed and the car was effectively dry-stored for 7 years.

Ultimately, he sold it to the most recent owner, who entrusted it to Str8six to inspect and fettle anything and everything that needed returning to faultless and completely safe condition.

Having commissioned and also paid for this work, the last owner (who has a number of other cars) decided to offer FD03 ZKY to Str8six. We were completely happy to purchase the car, after which we addressed some stone-chipped paintwork and effected some interior improvements.

The car is now fully up to Str8six standards. We will supply this superb car fully prepared, with a
12,000 service completed, 12 months MOT, 12 months TAX and a Full, “No Quibble” 12 months/12,000 miles WEAR and TEAR WARRANTY, which covers PARTS and LABOUR on the whole car. The car will be equipped with a 12 volt battery charger and a set of jump leads.

Overall mileage - 46,450
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Finance to suit all needs
We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Pegasus Finance to offer flexible, and affordable finance to our customer that wish to purchase their dream TVR. Finance is available over periods of UP TO 10 years, subject to the usual terms and conditions.
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Service record - As shown below:
15 Dec 02 - 13 miles - PDI service/TMS Performance

30 June 03 - Registered to owner no 1
?? ??? 03 - 975 miles - 1,000 service/TMS Performance
06 Jul 04 - 5,260 miles - 6,000 service/TMS Performance
22 Oct 04 - 12,152 miles - 12,000 service/Motosave, Lincoln
23 Sep 05 - 16,690 miles - 6,000 service/TMS Performance

04 Oct 05 - Owner no 2 had Tracker fitted - London SE16
15 May 06 - 21,116 miles - 12,000 service/Gatwick TVR
22 Dec 06 - 27,144 miles - 6,000 service/Austec Racing Ltd
11 Aug 07 - 32,571 miles - 12,000 service/Austec Racing Ltd
02 Jun 08 - 38,260 miles - 6,000 service/Offord Motor Co

06 Aug 08 - Owner no 3 acquired the vehicle - Gt. Yarmouth
18 Jul 09 - 41,521 miles - 12,000 service/Scole Engineering
11 Mar 10 - 42,722 miles - 12,000 service/Sebring International

22 Oct 10 - Owner no 4 acquired the vehicle - Huntingdon
14 Jul 11 - 44,815 miles - 6,000 service/Sebring International

22 May 12 - Owner no 5 - Rectification by Racing Green - Woking
24 Jul 12 - 45,966 miles - 12,000 service/Racing Green TVR

26 Jul 12 - Owner no 6 acquired the vehicle - Machyalleth
28 Aug 13 - 46,381 miles - MOT/Tystysgrif Brawf MOT
25 Oct 13 - ??? miles - 12,000 service/RSC (Automotive) Ltd

01 Nov 20 - Owner no 7 acquired the vehicle - London SW14
04 Jan 21 - 46,393 miles - MOT/Forest View Service Stn, Burton on T.
24 Jun 21 - 46,398 miles - Inspect/Rectify/Str8six TVR

13 Jul 21 - Str8six purchased vehicle

Date TBD c.46,450 miles - PDI & 12,000 service/Str8six TVR
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Please contact Jason Clegg on 07834 739307, or Chas Whitaker on 07810 505059. Alternatively call 01844 352735 or email sales@str8six.co.uk for more information and to book an appointment. If conditions are wet we reserve the right to provide a demonstration drive, rather than a customer driven test drive. Please bring your driving licence if you wish to test drive this car. Finance is available, subject to the usual terms and conditions.
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Complete piece of mind purchasing
- with our 12 months full wear & tear warranty

The above car comes with Str8six's renowned full 12,000 miles service completed, 12 months MOT, 12 months Tax and 12 months/12,000 miles full wear and tear warranty covering parts and labour. Plus an inbuilt 12 volt trickle charger and a 12 volt auxiliary cable (if applicable) will also be provided.
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Finance to suit all needs
We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Pegasus Finance to offer flexible, and affordable finance to our customer that wish to purchase their dream TVR. Finance is available over periods of UP TO 10 years, subject to the usual terms and conditions.
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This car comes with Str8six's renowned "All the 12’s” handover specification
The 12 months/12,000 miles warranty - is
FULL WEAR AND TEAR (Parts and Labour)

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