RE: CC Cyclone: Spotted

Sunday 10th February

CC Cyclone: Spotted

This 265hp rear-drive kit car has the potential to really kick up a storm



Kit cars are an oft overlooked segment of the performance market, providing owners with the opportunity to put their own blood, sweat and tears into building something which bears their mark, without having to be Henry Ford to do so. There are dozens of options available, with countless tiny manufacturers having produced a few kits here and a handful of parts there. Sometimes these stars of the kit car world burn brightly but collapse all too soon, though, and in those cases would-be owners must turn to the used market.

That's the case with the today's Spotted: the CC Cyclone. Produced by family business Car Craft in the mid-nineties, one early reviewer described it as, "quite possibly one of the best kit cars I've ever driven." Yet the tiny company only ever managed to produce thirty-two cars before the Cyclone blew itself out, leaving the surviving examples as cherished machines to those in the know.


When design began back in 1994, it was decided that the majority of the Cyclone's mechanical components should be borrowed from Vauxhall, including the engine, transmission, brakes and instrument panel, with other parts pinched from the likes of Mini and Fiat. The 2.0-litre turbocharged engine is reported to have put out anything between 170hp and 220hp, with some cars fettled to put out even more and today's Spotted claiming a massive 265hp.

Despite the positive reviews, trouble with the molds set production back by over 12 months, costing Car Craft precious time and money. When you consider that each of the prototype car's 14 fibreglass body panels cost around £2,000 to fabricate, it becomes clear why establishing an early market for the car would be vital to its continued success. The project limped on until time was finally called in 2000, when it was sold to a company called LG Engineering. Unfortunately things were to go from bad to worse when, according to the CC Cyclone website, a "big falling out" between the owners resulted in the moulds and jigs "being destroyed in a fit of anger."


The Cyclone was no more, but those who had taken the plunge were at least still able to fly the flag for the kit car that could have been. The styling won't be to all tastes, of course - then again neither will the idea of purchasing a car built by a complete stranger - but there's something about the angular lines which appeals to me. The Cyclone is unapologetically different, with its wedge-shaped body and big square headlights; some cars have been modified in recent times with slimmer LED items, but I prefer the original, retro items. Oh, and it featured Falcon doors 20 years before the Tesla Model X.

Of those thirty-two Cyclones produced, two are known to be destroyed, with an unknown number still roadworthy, that leaves today's Spotted a very rare car indeed. It has its flaws, of course; the ventilation apparently isn't the best with the roof on, particularly on a hot day, but owners still describe the Cyclone as being perfectly usable even in adverse conditions. With a totally rebuilt gearbox, new flywheel, clutch and cambelt, and a completely re-trimmed interior, then, this example ought to be one of the best left around. Don't knock it until you've tried it, after all it might just blow you away.


SPECIFICATIONS - CC CYCLONE

Engine: 2,000cc, four-cylinder turbocharged
Transmission: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 265
Torque (lb ft): N/A
MPG: N/A
CO2: N/A
First registered: 1997
Recorded mileage: 14,000
Price new: N/A
Price now: £7,995

See the original advert here.

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Lordbenny

Original Poster:

7,168 posts

157 months

Sunday 10th February
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Wow, being sold because the owner won’t give up smoking!

chickensoup

406 posts

193 months

Sunday 10th February
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how the hell do you get in and out of that. Thai cave rescue would struggle

Turbobanana

1,221 posts

139 months

Sunday 10th February
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Not really sure where to start, but an absolute NO from me on so many levels.

I see a deposit has been taken through, so someone must love it.

Huw Janus

532 posts

6 months

Sunday 10th February
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Might be fast, but it’s fking ugly.
Looks like someone has mated a reliant with a Westfield.

richinlondon

90 posts

60 months

Sunday 10th February
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Looks only it’s mother could love
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lee_erm

750 posts

131 months

Sunday 10th February
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That's awesome. Must be be stupid fast.

tr3a

206 posts

165 months

Sunday 10th February
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Lordbenny said:
Wow, being sold because the owner won’t give up smoking!
You misunderstand. It's the NHS's fault.

jason61c

3,021 posts

112 months

Sunday 10th February
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Huw Janus said:
Might be fast, but it’s fking ugly.
Looks like someone has mated a reliant with a Westfield.
Doesn't stop bmw selling 10000's of 1 series cars.

Johnny5hoods

307 posts

57 months

Sunday 10th February
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I wish the kit car industry was still as strong as it used to be. I think it peaked in 1984, when Dutton apparently sold over 1000 kits - to this day, unmatched, even by Caterham.

32 cars doesn't sound a lot, but actually was par for the course with many kit manufacturers doing no better. The introduction of SVA thinned the crowd out somewhat, with only the big boys surviving after that. The average motorist today, by lack of necessity, has nowhere near the tinkering skills motorists needed 35 years ago, just to keep their daily runners on the road. So, the emphasis has moved away from used donor parts and towards mainly new/reconditioned parts instead. This has driven up the cost of building a kit car, massively. I think even a Westfield built from all donor parts from an MX5 costs, correct me if I'm wrong, about £14K. And £14K will buy you an awful lot of used Boxster S, Elise or second hand fully built Caterham. Hence the sad demise of the kit car industry.


alorotom

5,764 posts

125 months

Sunday 10th February
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Looks like a squared off Plymouth Prowler to me - love it smile

Turn7

15,165 posts

159 months

Sunday 10th February
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Whats a BRETIX bargain ?

lee_erm

750 posts

131 months

Sunday 10th February
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Turn7 said:
Whats a BRETIX bargain ?
Pound Sterling.

Wolvesboy

336 posts

79 months

Sunday 10th February
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A great buy with the Vauxhall mechanicals easy to maintain/ replace. Interior looks great, only negative are the rear lights, easily replaced as stated. On my drive any day of the week, if only I had room! 👍

Jonny TVR

2,261 posts

219 months

Monday 11th February
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I think I remember them trying to sell the business. The pics don't look too bad, however when you google it the images that it comes back with are hideous.

Matt Cyclone

138 posts

179 months

Monday 11th February
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Had one of the 32 for a few years.. amazing car. Red top NA engine, handled like nothing else I've driven, ran out of speedo on a closed road test on the continent.. we'll, they were MK1 Cavalier ones!

Was my daily for 3 years, little sticky in the summer but it was soon forgotten! Girlfriend even loved driving it...

Glad I ticked that one, have another one in a heartbeat as a second car, when I livebin the UK again, though with age and sensibility on my side (as well as a family) then it'll have to be a weekend car!


fblm

15,764 posts

201 months

Monday 11th February
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It had ''new pads all round'' 18 months ago! Where do I send the money? rofl

PATTERNPART

619 posts

139 months

Monday 11th February
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Looks good, well purposeful and most of the photographed details are neat enough. 675kg is bloody light!

PATTERNPART

619 posts

139 months

Monday 11th February
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chickensoup said:
how the hell do you get in and out of that. Thai cave rescue would struggle


VOILA!

kambites

55,876 posts

159 months

Monday 11th February
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Someone where I work has a bright yellow one he uses to commute. A nice splash of colour amongst all the grey German drabness. smile

Equus

5,201 posts

39 months

Monday 11th February
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PATTERNPART said:
675kg is bloody light!
Not for a kit car, it's not - it's actually bordering on a bit lardy.

If you bought something like a Sylva J15 (mid-engined again), you'd be aiming for 100kg less than that.