It was the interior that convinced me I wanted a Cerbera. There is nothing quite like it out there, and maybe there never will be again.
It’s jaw-droppingly beautiful, and somehow looks both ultra-modern and retro British; I suppose that is the definition of timeless.
Interior walk-around of my TVR Cerbera
More photos of my interior
I count myself as very lucky, not all Cerbs have such a pristine original interior.
View from the cockpit
The view from inside can be a little intimidating at first, as you’re sitting down low, with a high sided transmission tunnel beside you, and a view out of the windscreen that is not too dissimilar to peeking through a letterbox.
The steering wheel controls were aimed for racing, ensuring that every gauge you need is in view and buttons on the steering wheel for flash / horn / wiper.
Remember, this is in the late 90s, before it was commonplace for buttons on the wheel.
Finishing off the steering wheel is an air vent, that you can aim at your face, or your crotch.
Cerbera rear seats & child seat
The Cerbera is described as a 3+1. Meaning realistically you can seat a driver, a front passenger, plus a smaller passenger in the rear seat behind the front passenger. And depending on legroom required/age of child, maybe use the 4th seat (behind the driver)
In the photo above you can see the passenger seat is slid forward as much as possible.
What does this practically mean from experience?
- If the driver and/or passenger are over 6 foot, you will likely run into challenges for seating older kids in the rear seats.
- Up until the age of around 5 or 6, no issues at all. Anything older than that behind the driver, probably not.
- Up until the age of 12 behind the passenger (depending on how far the passenger is willing to bring the seat forward) is likely ok.
- Unlike say a Mk1 Audi TT, headroom in the rear is not the issue
- Child seats do fit in the rear. A popular make used to be Recaro Start
All of the above is assuming comfortable seating for longer journeys – if we’re just talking a brief ride back from the pub, then adults have been known to get creative with leg positioning and squeeze in both rear seats.
TVR Cerbera interior design
The interior was designed by Sir Nick Coughlan (ok – so he’s not a Sir, but surely he should be knighted for this creation)
Apparently the story goes that after sketching these, TVRs owner dismissed it on a Friday afternoon as looking like a spaceship, so they were tossed in the bin.
Then on Monday morning was asked where’s your spaceship.
They were retrieved from the bin, and the rest is history.
Credit for the drawings goes to Nick Coughlan.
And if you want to read a little more about this, head on over to Pistonheads, where these were discovered in a shoebox years later.