On the surface Caterham is not a very glamorous car. It is very geeky, specially when it comes as a kit car! But it has one cool feature: Heritage. Caterham’s long and glorious motorsport history is not something that can be taken for granted, and as a sort of homage they’ve come up with a Monte Carlo special edition, inspired by Colin Chapman’s original 1957 design in both its lightweight philosophy and its bespoke, retro styling.
The main highlight of the Seven Roadsport 125 Monaco is indeed the brushed aluminium bodywork, with black nose and wheel guards, garnished with red and white of the Monegasque flag form a motif that runs the length of the car. The cockpit too has the same theme and features hand-tailored black leather with red highlights pairing with the black body trim to capture a colour scheme reminiscent of the roulette wheels found in Casino Square complete the evocative ‘50s feel.
This special Caterham is powered by a 1.6-litre Ford engine which given the lightweight 500kg chassis gives it a power-to-weight ratio of 227bhp per tonne and top speed of 112 mph. Wit its 5-speed gearbox, the car does 0-60mph in under six seconds.
It is priced from £20,995, but you can get it cheaper if you place your order soon as first 20 cars to be ordered are available for just £19,995. Options include the wide SV chassis and a lowered floor for extra comfort in the cockpit, while all black trim is also available.