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    So last night I sat down and tried to compile an honest spreadsheet on what my used 2001 Caterham Superlite has cost me.
    It is embarrassing to see the amount of money I have spent on the car, and in hindsight I think 2 years later I could have purchased a new 620r for the cash I have spent on this baby




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    I hope there are at least 3 others that can say the same as I am also torn about telling the wife how much (of my secret money) I have spent, Me thinks if she knew I would be looking for a new place to sleep.

    But at least I will be with my other love.


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    Let me console you with some kind words:

    (a) You have not spent the most on a seven. That achievement goes to the owners of a certain orange Caterham that started life as an R400. I wont mention how much into six figures that car has gone.

    (b) I don't have to do the precise math to know I could probably buy two Caterham 620Rs today with the accumulated total I have spent on maintenance/upgrades/parts/rubber/fuel on my 2010 CSR over the last 10 years.

    (c) I vaguely suspect what I have spent on my various sevens over my entire driving history could buy me the Caterham factory.

    (d) I have found women more expensive than cars. Certainly they have better brakes at stopping me in my tracks, are more cantankerous in daily life and are harder to fix.


    I would not share your costs with your wife unless she shares how much she has spent on shoes and dresses. However, if you decide otherwise, I do want to offer that it has been nice knowing you. Do you want me to read your eulogy?
    Mike
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    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
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    and another project car coming....

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    Regardless of what you have spent, it's healthier than booze and cheaper than another woman. Probably safer too.
    2012 CSR 260, registered as a 1966 Super 7

    Still in the massive grin stage. Damn bugs!

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    Better than a drug habit...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brightonuk View Post
    I am also torn about telling the wife how much (of my secret money) I have spent,
    Do you think she will be more upset by the amount of money you spent on the car, or the fact that you have secret money?

    When it comes to spending on the cars, I'm a big believer in embracing ignorance.

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    I suspect that if you had bought a newer modal, you would also lavish attention ($$$) on that one.
    Just give in.
    There is no stopping it.
    It's only money.
    Everything said above about other expensive outlets.
    Guess what? It gets harder to have any secret money once you are retired.
    Telling the wife about a mistress (flesh or aluminum) rarely yields happiness.

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    Does she like driving it? That has worked for me .

    Heck, maybe you can get her to pitch in for the maintenance!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croc View Post

    (a) You have not spent the most on a seven. That achievement goes to the owners of a certain orange Caterham that started life as an R400. I wont mention how much into six figures that car has gone.

    and that doesn’t include the $$$ spent on the Yellow car ������



    I would not share your costs with your wife unless she shares how much she has spent on shoes and dresses. ?
    Are YOU talking to me? ��

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowss7 View Post
    Are YOU talking to me? ��
    Feeling sensitive are we?

    In fairness, I was more referring to the prior owner of your orange car. That said, your lovely wife does have a closet full of shoes sized like half my modest home. I suppose that gives you bargaining rights for spending money on your toys/bourbon collection!

    Your yellow car has been fairly economic when you think about its lifetime.
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration finished - track set up time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A (suspension restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (suspension set up)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (radiator replacement)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (dyno time)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Sorry I should clarify:

    "Secret Money" is the term (I use) to describe the 65% of what it actually cost part, you ordered from Caterham, shipped to the US, and paid custom import duty for.



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