In Or Out? 10

First…I had another dream in which I began a journey in a car, but did not finish it in one. I dreamt I was on a frantic trip to get from Point A to Point B, for reasons lost forever to dreamland. The road had many steep hills and sharp drops. At one point, the car warned me not to travel on a certain road, not because of road or weather conditions, but because of “political” reasons! I had intended to ignore the warning, but before I ever reached that road I found myself making the journey on foot as my car had just disappeared. I wasn’t even particularly surprised by the disappearance, just determined to reach my destination. However, I woke up before I finished my journey or reached the road I was supposed to avoid. WTF?!


For this edition of In Or Out? I am waiving the five-vote minimum. The car shown and discussed today is one that is not likely to be familiar to most of you.

This car was featured on an Edd China episode of Wheeler Dealers as well as the newer, but less than scintillating spinoff, Wheeler Dealers: Dream Car. Beginning next year, it will be legal to import the first model year of this car into the US as production began in 1996. I present the TVR Cerbera:


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From Parkers of the UK a picture of the TVR Cerbera. TVR was founded in 1947 by Trevor Wilkinson (whose name was used to name the company) and Jack Pickard. Yes, it is a British car.

The company history is littered with liquidations and ownership changes. If you want to know more, you can read this. The Cerbera was significant in TVR history since it was the first car made by the company that:

1) Was not a convertible

2) Had four seats, all previous TVR models were two-seaters

3) Had an engine developed and manufactured by TVR

The Cerbera did not have traction control or ABS. It was also an extremely light car, especially given the power of the engine. The Wikipedia article about the Cerbera states that at some point in production the cars were available with an inline six-cylinder engine, but I had always heard that the cars were only available with TVR’s own flat-plane crank V-8. The final iteration of that V-8 (not including the “special” Speed Eight Red Rose) displaced 4.5 liters/273 cubic inches and produced 420 HP/380 LB-FT of torque without forced induction. The Cerbera only weighed about 2,600 pounds and with the most powerful engine could accelerate from 0-60 MPH in well under 4 seconds and, supposedly, be capable of speeds approaching 190 MPH.

I really like the “wild” styling of these cars. They have a chopped look about them that is not excessive, in my opinion. Like virtually everything else, I think balance is the essence of successful automotive styling.

The Cerbera was manufactured from 1996 to 2003. Foreign cars can be imported into the US without having to meet DOT regulations as long as it has been at least 25 years since they were built. The actual number of Cerberas produced is unclear, but is not likely to have exceeded 2,000 and may be as few as 1,100.

OK, good people…the TVR Cerbera, In Or Out? Oh, the name Cerbera was derived from Cerberus, the three-headed monster of Greek mythology that guarded the entrance to Hades.







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My wonderful wife and I were watching an episode of How The Universe Works on the Science Channel. (Sorry, I will not refer to it just as “Science.”) The episode was about the Ice Giants of the Solar System, Uranus and Neptune. As always, I was struck by the sheer appearance of Neptune.



From JPL and NASA a picture of Neptune. Once again refraining from “breaking the butterfly upon a wheel” I will simply note my awe.


As it turns out my recently purchased 2016 Z06 was not exactly treated well by its original owner. How else does one explain tires that needed to be replaced after 4,400 miles? Also, the driver side window weatherstripping/seal was all messed up creating a whooshing sound while driving. I fixed that myself. I should be able to pick the car up today (wow, you must be strong! bad joke…) and looking forward to driving it when the weather warms up. Like I keep writing, Arizona sounds better to me every day.

By the way, I really like this picture. The car looks like it’s shooting laser beams:



Note the light artifacts next to each side view mirror.


No one from the UK has responded to my question(s) about Brexit. It’s a giant cluster f*ck in my opinion. Theresa May’s plan, the only one also approved by the EU, has been defeated three times by Parliament. The Parliament, however, cannot reach a consensus on any other plan that they might approve. The deadline for a decision is ten days away. I will ask again: can’t the EU just say, “the deadline is here and you’re out of the EU?”

Let me quickly add that I am neither for nor against the UK leaving the EU. That is the decision of the UK population. As Americans we resent interference from abroad and I will not assume I know enough to take a position. Unfortunately, I think that most Americans don’t know enough about their own country, let alone assume that they can make judgments about others.


Speaking of the UK:


From a picture of the TVR Cerbera. This car was produced from 1996 to 2003. The Cerbera was not really a refined car as it lacked ABS and traction control. However, it would fly. Unlike previous TVR cars that used engines built by other companies like Rover, the Cerbera was powered by an original TVR V-8. The larger of the two “regular” engines—as opposed to a few for a special edition—displaced 4.5 liters/273 cubic inches and produced 420 HP/380 LB-FT of torque. It was a normally aspirated engine, which makes the specific output very impressive.

In some ways the Cerbera was a British version of an American muscle car, designed more to look good and to go fast in a straight line. In two years the first Cerberas will be legal to import to the US. I won’t be doing that myself, but I really like the car.





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