I’m a new member here and also a displaced Englishman, banished to the US for the crimes of marrying a lovely American girl.
About a million years ago I owned a pre-litigation ‘W’ car that looked very much like a Lotus 7 but wasn’t. I used it as my daily driver for two years before moving on to something a little more practical.
I’m now trying to relive that ‘youth’ and import a Caterham to the US as a sunny day driver.
Because of the import thing, I have to have a car that is at least 25 years old (so 1994 or earlier) with the original engine so that I can import it easily. It can’t be a Q plate either, but that seems very rare on Caterhams.
It must have a windscreen and either come with or should accept weather gear.
I would prefer the following but negotiable - nothings ever perfect (except my lady wife, so I’m told):
Cycle wings (the swoopy wings on my last car made the front end go light at speed), heater, 5 speed, and preferably a K series 1.4 (1.6 don’t seem to be available on models of this age).
I would consider a x-flow as my last one didn’t seem to have the troubles some seem to mention here (but was a 1.6) and also a 4 speed but my preference would be a K series.
GP seem to have the perfect car in BRG with Lotus stripe for £12k, but someone beat me to it and have a deposit on it. They have a second car with a 105bhp K series, but that is also on deposit.
Sevens and Classics have a couple of X flows that fit the bill, but one is a 1700 and reading these hallowed pages seems to indicate that this might not be the most reliable of engines. They also have a 1600 which I hope to fly over and see, this weekend.
Does anyone have any leads or a car they are looking to sell that fits this description?
Thanks so much!