The idea of buying one secondhand appeals, therefore, and more so than ever before. Where once these lightweight specials were often a bit of a crapshoot in terms of their build quality and reliability as a secondhand buy, today the vast majority have been built to extremely high standards. And that means a used example can be just as desirable as a new one.
The problem is, that affects prices, too. The limited market for cars such as these might have you believing that secondhand prices would be low – but the opposite is true. In fact, because demand often outstrips supply, these kinds of cars often hold their value very well – and in some cases, where lengthy build times lead to a long waiting list, they can even be pricier, as the appeal of ‘getting it now’ takes precedence.
It’s worth noting, too, that there’s a plethora of stripped-out lightweights out there. Westfields, for example, offer a great cut-price alternative to Caterhams, and come in a range of flavours to suit every buyer, while at the other end of the scale, the Elemental RP1 might sate the desires of those put off by the high prices now being asked for BAC Monos. In other words, with so many options out there, it’s worth exploring them all before you plump for one in particular.
We’ve gathered together five of our favourites – and the cars we reckon most buyers after this kind of car will resort to – to give you a flavour of what’s happening with each out on the used market.