One of only a handful of Caterham ‘SV’s’ legally registered in California. Smog exempt, California SB100 vehicle.
This is a ‘top shelf” piece of machinery. No disappointments here. The car is spectacular to drive and to look at. Simply gorgeous – with no expense spared.
This vehicle is light weight and very fast. It has been fully teethed, and is completely ready for you to twist the key and enjoy.
The ‘SV’ model is 4.3 inches wider and 3.2 inches longer than the original Super 7 designed by Lotus founder Colin Chapman. I am 6’5″ and I am very, very comfortable.. It amazing! Unless you are a little person – you need an SV.
The original owner paid over $48,000 to have this car assembled by Autocourse, Inc. (former Caterham franchise dealer in Orange County, CA).
Options & Specs.
Norfolk Mustard Yellow with Clear Bra paint protection film on leading edges of Nose, Wings and Side Panels. Black leather interior tunnel top & black cloth Caterham SV adjustable spring seats. Dual Red 4-point Caterham harness, (seat belts) and removable, quick release 280mm leather Momo steering wheel. Full weather equipment and boot cover (top and doors). Hood bag. Light weight Caterham indoor car cover. Detachable Perspex side wind deflectors.
Ford 2.3 Liter Duratech, 4 Cylinder, Twin Cam, Fuel Injected Engine Rated at 155 Horse Power (SAE), Custom Painted Red Value Cover. Dyno,’d @ EvoSport, Westminster CA. 155.5 RWHP & 148.1 SAE Ft. Lbs. Torque. (see chart).
Alloy Radiator. Raceline Oil Pan. Caterham 5-Speed manual transmission with lighted flywheel.
Supersport Widetrack double wishbone front suspension with anti-roll bar
De Dion rear axle – Watts’ link rear suspension with adjustable anti-roll bar.
Limited slip differential
Uprated 4-pot caliper front brakes with 10″ ventilated discs
Ceramic coated, stainless steel ‘Passenger Side’ exhaust. Nice!
Caterham 5 Spoke 16″ Prisoner Alloy Wheels with 5 AVON 205 / 45 R16 Tires, (spare tire carrier).
R500 Style standard SV roll-over bar
Heated windscreen and wipers.
Fresh air heater.
I am the cars second owner and I purchased it with approx. 600 miles on it. To start the teething process, I immediately upgraded the engine from its Ford 2.0 Liter Zetec engine to the Ford 2.3 Duratec. The car was originally Polished Aluminum with British Racing Green Cycle Fenders, Nose and Wings. At about the 650 mile mark, the car experienced a suspension failure, (the driver’s side front A-Arm broke at the nose mounting point). Caterham in the U.K. paid for all repairs, parts, & labor via a goodwill warranty claim. Just to be safe I had all left side suspension and brake components replaced as well as the A-Arm on the right side. At the same time I elected to paint the entire car Norfolk Mustard Yellow. This is a Lotus Esprit factory color which I believe looks stunning on the car. It is also very easy for everyone else to spot you on the road – which hopefully makes it just a little bit safer as well.
The paint, body, and interior are perfect, clean and fresh. The car is wiped down after each drive and stored in my garage with a cover.
With the current exchange rate, it would cost well over $50,000 to replace this car today. And then you would still have over six months of building and teething to do! The very rare California legal and smog exemption registration is also quite valuable and difficult to obtain. If you have read this far you must be interested.
I can be reached at 949-842-9198. Ken