Classic TVR goes on show

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A “terrifyingly quick” car which was developed and built in Blackpool has gone on display in a museum.

The TVR Cerbera Speed 12, once intended to be the world’s highest performance road car, has gone on show at the Lakeland Motor Museum, in the Lake District.

Developed in the 1990s at Bispham’s TVR factory, the Speed 12 was originally conceived as a supercar aimed at wealthy weekend sports car drivers.

It could reach a top speed of 240mph and go from zero to 100 in just 4.8 seconds.

The Speed 12’s “terrifyingly quick” speed helped it achieve worldwide notoriety and it has even featured in video games such as Sony Playstation’s Grand Turismo.

Of the handful built, the last remaining road-registered car is now taking a prime position at the museum, which lies at the southern end of Lake Windermere.

The model has been loaned to the museum by motoring enthusiast Graham Abbott, from Leeds.

He said: “The Speed 12 is a supreme vehicle and it’s a pleasure to have it on public display at the Lakeland Motor Museum.

“It will definitely give visitors something extra special to see, and I’m looking forward to running it every few months.”

Chris Lowe, operations manager at museum, added: “This high performance concept car is the epitome of speed and style, and is sure to catch people’s eye.

“It’s a great addition to the museum’s collection, particularly as we already have the oldest surviving TVR, TVR Number 2, here already on display.”

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