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Caterham 21

Caterham 21

Caterham 21

Caterham 21

Year (of specifications) 1994 - 1999
Engine 1.8 litre 4 cylinder
Transmission 5 or 6 speed manual RWD
Max speed 118 - 131 mph
0-60 mph 5.8 seconds
Horsepower 115 - 138 bhp
weight 648 kgs / 1428 lbs

The Caterham 21 was, to put it simply, a rebodied Caterham 7. Under the curvaceous body designed by Iain Robertson lay a slightly altered 7 chassis.

With the Caterham 21, Caterham were able to offer a much more practical sports car without sacrificing the dynamic abilities inherent to the 7, and in fact, due to the improved aerodynamics, the Caterham 21 was faster.

The name came from the fact it was introduced at the 1994 British Motor Show to mark 21 years of Caterham Cars building the Seven.

Under the fibreglass body of the Caterham 21 was either a 1.6 Rover K-series engine of a more potent 1.8 litre engine from the MG F.

Caterham originallly hoped to build 200 cars a year, but in the end they manufactured far, far less. In total just under 50 Caterham 21 sports cars were manufactured. Most are now in the hands of dedicated enthusiasts, with at least one successfully competing in GT racing.

A single coupe version was also produced, called the Caterham 21 GTO. This car was built exclusivley for racing, it was fitted with a 230 horsepower engine from the Caterham R500, and was capable of hitting 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds before going on a 153 mph top speed.

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