The showroom stands – for now – on the site of the company’s first-ever factory, which was set up there by the Nearn family in 1973. While production has since moved to a newer facility in Dartford, the original site was retained as a showroom, to handle sales for the south-east of England. This latest news means the company will no longer be a part of the town that’s always been its spiritual home.
If all of this has you feeling rather too nostalgic, you could do a lot worse than to assuage your sorrow by blowing a chunk of cash on a Caterham from the PH Classifieds. How’s about a 1700 Supersprint dating from 1996? OK, so it’s on a Q-plate, but it looks cracking shod with Wellers, and has only done 18,000 miles. The 1700 Crossflow is a hardy old lump, and should sound cracking, too. Or if something a little newer floats your boat, how’s about a Vauxhall-engined 2001 model? The 1.6-litre 8V might not sound like much, but it’ll have more than enough oomph and plenty of torque to be an absolute hoot. Of course, if you’re feeling flush, this stunning CSR200 is worth a look. It’ll set you back almost as much as a brand new Supersports R, but you do get a six-speed gearbox and a fantastically grunty Cosworth-tweaked 2.3-litre Duratec with 200hp.
fruits of the Alpine tie-up to look forward to in the coming months and years. So as sad a day as this is for the company, we’re still encouraged that, on the whole, Caterham looks to be going from strength to strength.