After 4+ years of se7en's bliss I am selling my '97 Caterham. My focus has shifted from a car that is a nice daily driver and holds its own at the track, to a pure track car.
'97 Caterham Supersprint , licensed and titled in Ohio. It was purchased in New Jersey where it passed that state's challenging license standards and was licensed for the street. It was built by Sevens and Elans, outside Boston.
Body: painted midnight blue with red nose band, long cockpit, S3 model, clams, full weather kit (high visability top, side-screens), windshield wipers, standard flat windshield (replaced cracked windshield in '10), heater. (I am keeping the Brooklands screens shown in my avatar photo). Standard Caterham cloth seats (very comfortable). It has 15" "Prisoner" wheels with 2 year old Firestone street tires (195 x 15) w/lots of tread and good grip. When weighed in '07 the car was 1225 lbs.
Chassis: De dion rear suspension. Disc brakes front and rear. "Narrow" front track.
Powertrain: Transmission 5 speed T9 w/overdrive 5th, open diff, 1700cc Kent Crossflow engine, front oil cooler, rated 135 hp by Caterham, top speed 106 mph, 0-60 in 6.5 secs per contemporary tests. Mileage approx 20-22 mpg highway, 11 mpg at the track, premium gas required. When dyno'd in '07 it made 95 hp, 93 lbs of torque. Thx to a recent tuneup, it makes a bit more now.
Engine: is an AX block. These Crossflows have always been (and still are) the engines used in Formula Ford racing (except FF uses 1600cc versions). Redline is 6500 rpm (valve float after that makes it hard to over-rev). Caterham modifies them by boring them out 100 cc, adding a hotter cam (this one has the 234), adding double action valve springs, stellite valves, head porting, and hardening the exhaust seats for unleaded gas.
Mine doesn't use much oil. I drove it on a trip to LOG 30 and after the 1500 miles round trip including a long track day, it was down less than a quart. it does puff on start up. A compression check 2 months ago showed 175-80 lbs compression all around. Leaks a bit of oil, natch.
Safety: 5 point Caterham belts along with 3 point standard belts. New front brake pads, rear brake light added to existing brake lights (mounted high on roll-over bar), FIA roll-over bar, emergency cut-off switch, honey comb cladding surrounding 9 gallon gas tank, extremely loud dual air horns.
Recent maintenance: Less than 50 miles on new oil change filter, less than 500 miles on recent complete nut/bolt check, tune up, lube, new speedo angle drive, brake fluid flush, new plugs, front brake pads, valve adjustment, alignment.
Stuff that has broken/been replaced sometime in 4+ years of ownership: Rear axle boots, windshield, clutch slave cylinder, diff fluid, tranny fluid, plug wires, all heater hoses and radiator hoses, upper/lower, solenoid, ignit switch, rebuilt starter, all chassis bushings, oil pump, valve gasket, fan belt, battery.
Stuff that the buyer also gets: a set of radiator hoses, 2 engine mounts, a throttle cable barrel (connects throttle cable to throttle and without which car does not move), 4-5 oil filters, throttle return spring. All of this is predictable maintenance and this gives the buyer a head start.
Price: asking $23,900. The depreciation hit has already occurred: buy it, drive it, enjoy it, sell it for about what you paid.
As may be obvious, this car was well loved and well cared for (always garaged). I have put about 17,000 miles on it. I believe it is in (much) better condition today than the day I bought it, due to constant, vigilant maintenance. Of course there is some road rash that wasn't there 4 years ago, the engine has more miles on it, etc.
I used it as a daily driver in nice weather and for the occasional "blat". It also was a track day vehicle 2-5x a year. It does better at the track than its specs wld suggest: it was fairly competitive with the 200 hp se7ens at the NJMP track day event for se7ens last June. It has a beautiful balance between power and handling and is extremely easy to drive at 10/10ths and very forgiving at 11/10ths. It also has a glorious sound.
Caveats: Your wife/girlfriend may not love this car as much as you. I'd request that you get their blessing before contacting me. It is a loud, hot, uncivilized car. It is not a Miata and can be a real pain in rain, heavy traffic, hot weather. It will fit folks up to about 6'1", 210 lbs. When used as intended, and where intended, it is peerless, like all se7ens.
Photos: Added 9/12/11-see a coupla posts below.