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Hi everyone - hopefully looking to get one.

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  • Hi everyone - hopefully looking to get one.

    Hi all,

    My name is glenn, I live in the San Fernando Valley area.

    A brief history on all the cars I've owned, most which happened to be sports cars, started in 99 with a 97 Nissan 240SX while I was in high school. After that, it was an avalanche of buying/selling cars, with 3 Miatas, 2 240SXs, 2 Corolla GTSs (RWD ones), FX16 GTS, S2000, 73 240Z, 73 Mini, and a 01 Golf TDI. All of which, I currently own the Golf, 240Z, Mini, and 1 of the Corolla's, also a Honda Hawk GT bike that I haven't ridden in a couple of months.

    The realization came that I wanted a 7 was when I was missing a convertible in my life, I forgot how fun they were to drive and just cruise around in. I was thinking if I should get a Miata, and that it would be my absolute last one that I would keep forever (white, a 94 or 95 only, torsen, a/c, power windows, etc) because I have a bunch of parts I kept over from my last car and can throw it on quickly and enjoy the car. That came to an end when real fast when I realized how *popular* these cars have become, with people slamming them to the ground and making poor modifications to them - I'd rather not be associated with that kind of image or crowd. Afterwards, I came to the conclusion that the 7 fulfilled almost all my needs, while retaining a very unique look, seems simple to work on, and from what I heard are a blast to drive.

    I go autocrossing in my Corolla once a month in Camarillo, and have grown out of the car. To get any faster in it, I would have dump way more money than I'd even want to (I don't even want to know how much I've spent in 2011 getting it back running - the thing was close to it's deathbed when I stored it Simi Auto Wrecking for about 2 years), it's also ugly, uncomfortable, loud (in a good way), repels women, and worth nothing except to people that know what it is. Which is why I'm in the midst of selling it currently. The sale will help me fund my purchase of a 7. I'll also probably sell the Mini if the right prices comes (though I'd rather not, but everything has it's price).

    When the time comes, I think I'll be looking for a fuel injected Zetec, with a de dion rear, heater, full weather package, reason being I'd want this as a street car first, then a autocross/track car second, something I can see myself driving to up north, or even to Vegas one of these days, and as reliable as possible. What scares me is that I've seen prices for the Zetec powered ones all over the place. It also has to be a Caterham - no offense, but I'd like it to be close to the real thing as possible ala Kirkham and their Cobras.

    -glenn

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    it's also ugly, uncomfortable, loud (in a good way), repels women, and worth nothing except to people that know what it is. Which is why I'm in the midst of selling it currently. The sale will help me fund my purchase of a 7.
    Well, you've just cited all the reasons for wanting a Caterham! (except for the 'repels women' part - clearly stated, a Caterham repels all the women you want repelled while attracting ones you want! :-D And the ugly part too - personally I find a 7 very good looking.

    The prices vary because the specification of any given car will vary. The usual rules apply: mo money = more power / better kit / better condition / lower mileage etc.

    Finding a car w/ a California license would be the easiest way, otherwise you'll have to go through the registration process. This can have cost impact obviously, something worth considering during your search.

    Good hunting.
    Chris
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    A day you don't go a hundred is a day wasted

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    • #3
      Welcome, Glenn. I figure your best bet is to block out Saturday, May 18th to plan on attending the assault on Mt. Palomar blat, which I think starts around Escondido. Should be a reasonable representation of Caterhams as well as other makes there, I'd guess.
      | | Sean

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        I am planning to be there for Mt. Palomar. I guess I will have my car back up an running by then (unfortunately I am pretty sure I won't have it running for your trip in April). And I will be happy to be the token non-Caterham driver, but technically with the car closest to the real thing ;-)
        Last edited by slomove; March 13, 2013, 10:11 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by moosetestbestanden View Post
          a Caterham repels all the women you want repelled while attracting ones you want! :-D

          Hmm, my wife won't go near it........

          .
          www.morgansegal.com

          The funny thing is my wife goes " What is that car a Morgan ? " and I said "No that's a Caterham but there is a Morgan driving it " -delise

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          • #6
            Thanks everyone!

            Chris, the only big thing I am not too concerned about in my search for these cars is the mileage. From what I found, they tend to be low in my opinion, but even something in the 50-100K mark wouldn't scare me away with these cars as they "look" like they're easy to work on (I've never touched one, but they seem simple for the most part because of the accessibility). And yes, I'm looking for one specifically registered with an SB100, that is probably the most important part of it. Luckily I work with someone that owns 2 Kirkham Cobras and has been through many other Cobra kit cars and knows about the SB100 inside out, I can go to him if I run into any strange issues.

            Sean, thanks for the heads up! Hopefully I will have my own by that time!

            slomove, thanks for the offer! I will gladly take you up on it if I don't have mine by that time.

            I just came back from my autocross session today, the weather was perfect, I was wishing I had a convertible of some sort to take advantage of it all! After driving my Corolla today, I am considering selling it at a loss just to jump start this need of getting a 7! I shredded my accessory belt (it was an on going problem that finally caught up with me - I need to modify the alternator bracket), and was just thinking that I really need to get rid of it asap before I do more damage to it. I also have a friend interested in the Mini now, and as much as I enjoy putting around in that car, selling that would totally put me in the market.

            -glenn

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