My latest addition to the 1/18 fleet is this badass TVR. The Speed 12 was the car that was too insane for TVR to make. TOO INSANE. TVR. Its a legend that never saw production.
This model actually taught me a few things about the Speed 12. When I first got this car in the mail, I noticed it didn't look like the Speed 12 I was familiar with. The car I was thinking of was the Cerbera Speed 12. This car was actually the second version of TVR's vision of the ultimate road car. There isn't a lot of information out there, but after some serious Googling and digging deep into some TVR forums, I learned quite a bit about the history of this car.
Back in the 90's, TVR decided that they wanted to dethrone the XJ220 and F1 as Britain's top super car. Project 7/12 was born, featuring a massive 7.7 Litre V12 engine. The original rendering was actually nothing more than a model itself made mostly of fiberglass and wood. The second version was a non-functioning prototype, that's what this car is. A racing version of this car was actually competitive, but rule changes for the GT1 class forced TVR to revise the car once more. The Cerbera Speed 12 was the production ready concept which broke TVR's 1000hp dyno and scared the shit out of Peter Wheeler himself. The project was cancelled after he drove it home for a test drive.
Back to the model, I scored this off EBay for $9! Let's pretend it didn't cost me $11 to have it shipped...
I had been eyeballing this model for a little while, since I mostly collect supercars that I idolized as a kid. It also comes in British Racing Green, but the prototype was purple, so purple I got.
The doors actually lock closed. There's a lever hidden on the side skirt that pops them open. You can see it in this pic here.
My one gripe with this model is the use of plastic parts. The headlight assemblies and the massive rear diffuser are plastic. The awesome purple paint on these parts doesn't quite match the body of the car.
The trunk does not open, but with that massive diffuser I don't think it's very accessible anyway.
That's enough of my rambling, enjoy some potatoey goodness...