It was like a Seven with clothes on, and was the Surrey, UK-based manufacturer's attempt at a more civilized version of the roadster, without losing any of the driving thrill of the 'naked' Seven. The composite body hid a tubular steel spaceframe just like the Seven's, the only difference being increased front track width to match the rear. Adjustable slim-line front wishbones with a coil-over shock arrangement, plus de Dion rear with A-frame, kept handling responsive and to the weight goal of two-thirds of a ton. The convertible has a sparse but comfortable interior, but there was no doubt about the intentions of this car, with Rover's highly acclaimed K-series unit up front. It was available in basic 97ci (1.6-liter) 118bhp (88kW) form right up to a 110ci (1.8-liter) 190bhp (141kW) VHPD (Very High Performance Derivative) version, the 'slower' doing 6.7 seconds in the 60mph dash.
Caterham 21 Specifications
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