“Adding power makes you faster on the straights. Subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere.” –Colin Chapman
The Caterham 7 is a pure, distilled sports car. In a world of all-wheel-drive, traction and stability control and anti-lock brakes, this car goes without, and for good reason. The overall design of the car hasn’t changed much since it was created in 1957 by Lotus founder and champion of lightness, Colin Chapman.
Caterham Cars, based out of the town in England of the same name, was a Lotus 7 dealer during the ‘60s. When they heard that Lotus would no longer manufacture the 7, they bought the rights to build the cars in 1973, and haven’t looked back since.
These cars don’t come cheap, both in price and labor. The cheapest car Caterham sells is the Classic and it starts at $28,950. There is no engine or transmission included in the price (though Caterham can supply you a Ford sourced drive train) and requires assembly. The top of the line model, the Superlight R500, costs $61,057, but comes with carbon fiber parts to lighten the car up.
Now, $61,000 dollars sounds like way too much money for a car without doors, but you’d think
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For a full lineup of their cars, follow the link below to their website.