If, as a company, you’ve been making exactly the same car for 25 years or so, and except minor tweaks and changes, you’ve never done anything, would you be ready for a change? What if the car you’ve been building was designed by somebody else? That’s exactly what happened to Caterham, although I don’t know if they were as depressed about it as I made it sound. Caterham’s has been building the Seven, which it bought from Lotus, since 1973 and in 1996, they were ready to try something new, in the form of the 1996 Caterham Super Sport. Now, Caterham are not stupid; they’re still making the Seven. After all, something’s gotta keep the lights on. Even then, the Super Sport was a stunning car, with incredible design both inside and out, and true to form, chest crushing, eyeball-popping performance!
The Super Sport was equipped with a 2-liter Vauxhall four-cylinder engine, which pumped out a deceptive 138 horsepower. This isn’t counting on the car’s light weight: the Super Sport could accelerate to 60 mph in as little as 4 seconds, and reach a top speed of 138 miles per hour.
Caterham, of course, knew what was good for it, and offered the car in built-up form or kit, just like the Seven. Buyers appreciated the fact that the 1996 Caterham Super Sport, despite offering a performance level similar to the Seven (but not quite) was quite a bit more docile and sophisticated.