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Clunes

Summer musings - Caterfield

Growing up I've always loved the little Lotus 7 a-like cars and I've driven a couple on occasion and thoroughly enjoyed every experience to the degree I always said I'd love one as a 'summer toy'.

However, my head has always ruled over my heart on this due to the practicalities, potential lack of use etc.

Then yesterday, during on of my many 'random car purchase browsing moments, I stumbled across an advert for a Westfield and the fact it's only round the corner (a few hundred meters at a guess) is making it seem unusually appealing.

I've no experience of the cars, the specifications, values etc but this is smack in 'could buy for fun and not loose a lot' territory.

I'm sure it's just the spring weather going to my head but for those with experience what should you look for/look out for with these?

Olly
Clunes

Here is a link - for some reason I cannot seem to copy and paste this into the main subject body as it just pastes something it wrote on Facebook yesterday not this!!!


http://www.pistonheads.com/classi...m_medium=Organic&utm_content=0k%20-%2015k&utm_campaign=Used%20Cars
gooner

Do it!
Big Blue

That one as factory built, so it's more likely to stay in the form of a car!

I'd say look for anything else you'd look for in a used car. If you always liked these and can afford it now then buy one. We're all a long time dead.
TreVoR

That looks as pretty nice example at a reasonable price. Do it!
Clunes

Well - it had already sold by the time I'd walked the dog and taken the kids to swimming so I can move on from that particular musing :)
TreVoR

I thought the price looked good. They obviously wanted shot of it sharp.
JohnC

I used to have a lightweight (485kg) 2litre Vauxhall version with over 200hp and it used to beat the full 225hp Caterhams.

Chassis is very similar to Caterham and early versions were basically exactly the same until Caterham won a court battle which resulted in the removal of the alloy "A" at the bottom of the windscreen pillar and also a change to the rear end to make it more rounded and a small front end shape change.

Build quality is what these cars are all about and that should be one of the main criteria when choosing.
Roadsterstu

Find another Olly! The 125bhp Caterham Roadsport that I rented a couple of years back was pretty quick, the 3.9 V8 Westfield I had a passenger lap in at Bruntingthorpe was insanely quick. Definitely do it!
TreVoR

Mate of mine has a TVR 4.3V8 Westfield for sale for under 10k. It's pretty hardcore, mind. It runs a big four barrel carb and sounds fantastic through side exit exhausts.
Roadsterstu

Loopy!
gooner

TreVoR wrote:
Mate of mine has a TVR 4.3V8 Westfield for sale for under 10k. It's pretty hardcore, mind. It runs a big four barrel carb and sounds fantastic through side exit exhausts.


Like the idea but imagine that must be almost too hardcore for the road. An utter beast on a track I imagine but probably a handful on a B road.
Clunes

Well,

In an slightly odd turn of events today I found myself in the position of viewing the very same car I considered viewing and missed out on a couple of months ago.

The chap who had bought it (a serial Westfield owner it seems having built one from kit, then had a V8 engined ex-demo car followed by a bike engined version and a similar 'normal' version prior to this one) unfortunately was made redundant only 7 weeks after acquiring this and head ruled his decision making so he put it back on the market.

End result being I am now the owner of a 1997 Factory Westfield 1800i (SEiW) Its standard, in very clean nick inside and out (some hairline cracks around a couple of rivets in the bodywork) and is the lower powered 115 version but for my usage (purely occasional road use) its means I can use all the throttle a lot of of the time without worrying too much plus there is plenty of scope to tweak a little more power if I wanted.

As is often the case it came with a folder of history with every MOT and garage visit done. Its averaged less than 500 miles per year since about 2008 and being standard should be very low maintenance and having chatted to the previous owners son when I missed out I have a lot of background as well including knowing its been looked after by a garage 1mile away for the past 6 years so they know it well.

Not done enough driving today to come to a properly informed opinion but its basically what you expect. Tiny, snug, low, feels way faster than it is, noisy, windy, darty, grippy and a simply a ton of fun despite being massively slower than the Jag in a straight line.

The kids love it, the wife less so -  but for me it's role os to provide a bit of summer fun so fingers crossed for some more sun.

Pics to follow - failing to load from my phone!
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Result !
I hope you paid less than it was originally advertised for, when you first saw the ad in March
JohnC

Great news. Just make sure you get out and use it whenever possible.
Roadsterstu

Excellent! Is that the Rover 1800 engine? In which case are head gaskets and cooling something to keep an eye on?  Other than that it must be great. One thing I noticed driving the Caterham was that, even in bright orange, people don't see you. I guess you have to anticipate in a way bikers do.
Enjoy!
Big Blue

Great stuff. A man should never be kept from having toys.
TreVoR

Great news!  I'm sure you will love it. It is usually compulsory for the wife to hate the husband's toys. Lindsey isn't and has never been a fan of the TVR.  
Clunes

Its the Ford Zetec 1.8

It was a brand new engine when built and running on standard ECU, no carbs etc and it happily sits at a steady temp with no issues so not a lot to worry about.

The chap I bought it from had a carb fed model prior and his experience was that they are lovely when running right but are very temperamental and can't be left unused for long with an expectation of things running smoothly every time it came out the garage.

Been out today around the country roads and its a hoot. Just enough performance to feel fast on the country lanes and 30 feels like 50 etc

There is a flat spot around 4000-4500 revs which might need mapping out but in the upper range it zips along nicely.

Totally understand about not being seen - it really is VERY low. Lots of looks and comments (+ve) - its a feel good car and whilst you could probably find 100 ways to pick fault it would be missing the point.

At the Black Horse in Chorleywood having a cheeky beer in the sun with it shining nearby - I should get back to work!!
PG

Well done - enjoy it.

Clunes wrote:
At the Black Horse in Chorleywood having a cheeky beer in the sun with it shining nearby - I should get back to work!!


Slacker!! A bit a bit of sun and everyone just wants to sit outside the pub all day. And who can blame us?

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