Cerbera to Stradale

foibles

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Price... Reliability... And all other matters aside... This is a lovely looking car. Never having owned a TVR, were i to do so, it'd have to be the Cerbera well before the Griff or Chimaera. Whilst I'm slightly perturbed by issues of reliability and maintenance, the biggest hurdle i face is that the easiest pathway to import a TVR into Australia requires the car to be 25 years old. Yours is presumably a MY99 or 00...so 3 to 4 years off still.

Regardless... It looks great, and i hope you get what you want for it.

Is the Jag green a factory colour? Or as the name implies... An overspray?
 

conaero

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Just noticed Stradale for sale via email from Sytner, not seen on their site. Bianco fuji with black interior, 2 seater less than 10k miles and 2 year warranty. Asking £68,000 which sounds a lot until I realised it is on 13k more than above black/black/black car. Is the choice of "not black + 2 year warranty + low miles" worth 13k? To someone it will be and might even be sold.

Personally I can afford to run a maserati only, buying is for another day
Its a 67 plate 4 seater mate :confused:
 

TVR1982

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Price... Reliability... And all other matters aside... This is a lovely looking car. Never having owned a TVR, were i to do so, it'd have to be the Cerbera well before the Griff or Chimaera. Whilst I'm slightly perturbed by issues of reliability and maintenance, the biggest hurdle i face is that the easiest pathway to import a TVR into Australia requires the car to be 25 years old. Yours is presumably a MY99 or 00...so 3 to 4 years off still.

Regardless... It looks great, and i hope you get what you want for it.

Is the Jag green a factory colour? Or as the name implies... An overspray?
The Jag green is the original factory colour of my car. I think if you ordered new TVR would match any colour you wanted.
 

azapa

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2 or 4 seater (for OP). Very biased opinion here, but the 2 seater always sounds and feels crazy. The 4 seater always seems to me to be what happened at the factory when someone high up in Ferrari caught on to what they were doing in the Maserati sheds 'round the back.

If you don't need 4 seats, definitely go 2.
 

TVR1982

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2 or 4 seater (for OP). Very biased opinion here, but the 2 seater always sounds and feels crazy. The 4 seater always seems to me to be what happened at the factory when someone high up in Ferrari caught on to what they were doing in the Maserati sheds 'round the back.

If you don't need 4 seats, definitely go 2.
I think I’m leaning towards 2 seater, I just hope one is still available when I’m ready to buy.
 

TVR1982

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Neither of mine did over combined 5 +years of ownership, couple of quirks niggles that was all.
It must be a myth, most people who have owned one say they are reliable.
Mine has never broken down in the 12 years I’ve had it, occasionally it drains the battery if I forget to put the charger on.
 

rockits

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I'm on my 4th TVR and none have ever left me by the roadside. Well the first one technically did but that wasn't the cars fault that it ended up facing the wrong way in a crash barrier.

Neither have any of the Maserati's either.

Tryingy it rack my brains in fact to see if any car has left me on the roadside.

Ah, yes. A 1988 MG Metro Turbo. Several times. I think 8 from memory. With 5 gearbox and 3 engine failures!
 

Corranga

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I think people who spend that sort of money on a TVR want a TVR and nothing else will do.
As an owner I kind of agree with the Blackpool kit car statement, I’ve enjoyed owning my Cerbera but I wouldn’t recommend one unless you really desperately want one.

how about the price of this?
That thing is a great looking car, it looked wonderful sitting on my driveway for an hour or so while they driver dropped off his mate to look at my wife’s VX220 when it was for sale a few years back, sadly he wouldn’t entertain a swap, just because it wasn’t his ;)
 

Cyclone1

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It must be a myth, most people who have owned one say they are reliable.
Mine has never broken down in the 12 years I’ve had it, occasionally it drains the battery if I forget to put the charger on.
I agree with this. I had x2 Cerbera’s and the second one a 4.5, at the time set the benchmark in the early BHP debates (a lot of work done just to get a 4.5 to it’s TVR stated 420bhp) so regularly hit the dyno and drag strip to prove a point or three. However, it was my pride and joy so was also pampered and mechanically very well looked after.

Yours looks a superb example and a great colour.

Jules
 
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Guy

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The TVR I really fancied was the Griffith 4.3, no Cats and an exhaust note to die for. A neighbour's son bought one around '95 and exported it home to NZ. I think it may be the only one there? A colleague saw it there (heard it long before) a few years ago. Lots of great driving roads for a TVR there though reliability probably more important in some of the remote areas!

I drove a Cerbera 4.2 on one of our Le Mans pilgrimages early 00s. Most others in our group were in air cooled 911s. Very fast on the straight bits, not so secure on blind twisty bits and I never felt comfortable really pushing it. Apart from the air con alternating between cool and red hot (that crotch vent made sure you knew about it), it ran perfectly there and back. The owner who rode pillion for 4 days took it home via a takeaway. It had not missed a beat but he decided to leave it running whilst collecting his curry only to find it had locked him out! I think the first suggestion was to let it run out of fuel but eventually he prised the rear number plate off to access the boot and a manual door override....So nearly a clean sheet.
 

safrane

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A quick Google and I found a TVR place just a couple of miles from me... they also do car storage, which is much less that the one I use near Bibury.