Monday 16 January 2017

The R500 is For Sale! - Blog Post 200

At the time of ordering the Academy Car, I was unsure what to do with the R500; with only two options really - keep it, or sell it...  I didn't want to jump the gun by selling the R500 before I at least tried out the Academy Car, but now I have, I've made the decision to use my 200th blog post to announce a very sad time (for me)... The time has come for the greatest R500 Duratec (if not the best Caterham Seven around), to go to a new home.

I've blogged in detail about the full build journey, and all the upgrades too, so on this 'For Sale' post I've decided to bullet everything down with links for info, pics etc from section (where possible).

First, a couple of pictures to 'whet the appetite':-
The time has come - my Caterham R500 Duratec is for sale :-(
The time has come - my Caterham R500 Duratec is for sale :-(
Drivers side view of my beloved Caterham R500 Duratec
Drivers side view of my beloved Caterham R500 Duratec
So onto the car's spec:-
I have to admit I did get a serious case of carbonitis - here's all of the included carbon goodies:-
There are a lot of spares that I've picked up along the way too... Here's the list:-
  • Full Weather Gear including doors, wipers (and motor) hood sticks and additional carbon vinyl boot cover
  • Set of 13 inch 8 spoke wheels and tyres on ZZR's (ZZR's have 1-2 track days left)
  • Soft Bits for Sevens Light Weight Tonneau
  • Painted Scuttle (without wiper and heater holes - was going to be for heater removal blog post)
  • Raceco Silencer and Cat Bypass Pipe
  • Polished Catalytic Converter with guard
  • Standard Bilstein (wide-track) Shocks
  • Original Aluminium Bonnet
  • Original Interior Panels and carpet(s)
  • Original 'donor' parts for bespoke carbon parts - pedal box cover, 12v fuse cover, knee trim panels and petrol pipe cover.
The 'known' issue with the car:-
  • Gearbox leak - this has been completely fixed by way of a new gearbox tail fitted by Caterham at the factory by Mick Atree, back in September 2016.
What's the condition?
  • For anyone that hasn't followed this blog - I've discovered I have some sort of cleanliness OCD (joke! kinda!) so the car is absolutely MINT.  Naturally I'm happy if anyone wants to come and inspect the car prior to making an offer.
How much did it all cost:-
  • Looking over all the paperwork, it appears I've spent well in excess of an eye watering £60,000 on the car and all the upgrades!   Which means you have the opportunity to effectively get a 'bargain' by making me an offer on the car....
How much is it going to sell for? - offers in excess of £45,000...
  • Well this is an interesting one... I've decided to leave the car 'up for auction' until the end of March 2017.  I am welcoming offers over a minimum of £45,000 with the highest offer between now and the end of March securing the car, with all spares etc - I will not split the sale into car only.  If the offer is good enough not to refuse, I may let it go early to the winning 'bidder'...
  • I will want to create a final 'hand over' blog post, with a picture of the both of us handing over the keys, so I would like this to be part of the sales agreement.
  • To make an offer on the car, please use the contact form on the top right of the blog - this will reach me directly, and I will confirm receipt of your offer within 24 hours.  Please leave your mobile number and email address (check both are correct) when using the contact form.
My beautiful R500 could soon be yours....
My beautiful R500 could soon be yours....
I will be genuinely gutted seeing someone else drive off with my cherished pride and joy, but realistically, I'm not going to use it this year (or maybe even for the next couple of years), so on the flip side - I'll take great pleasure in seeing it go to a good home.

1 comment:

  1. Good luck with the sale. It has been great to follow you and your cars' journey. Cheers, Steve.


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