Caterham Roadsport 125 Monaco: official details, photos, specs and price

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 9, 2010

The Roadsport 125 Monaco was built to pay homage to Monte Carlo. In addition to paying tribute to the high-end Monte Carlo casino, the Roadsport 125 Monaco also bears testimonies to the design of the original 1957 model designed by Colin Chapman.

The limited edition vehicle continues the customized styling that marked the Colin Chapman design. It also carries on Chapman’s vision of designing a racing vehicle made of materials that keep the weight down to an ideal minimum – the Roadsport 125 Monaco weighs only 500 kilograms.

As for aesthetics, the new Roadsport 125 Monaco features the brushed aluminum body that is a mark of Caterham Cars. The entire body of the car is also emblazoned with the red and white colors of the flag of Monegasque. Completing the aesthetics of the Roadsport 125 Monaco are wheel guards and a nose assembly finished entirely in eloquent black color.

Black forms the color theme of the Caterham Special Edition’s interior design as well. The seats in the cockpit are upholstered with black leather. Other parts of the car’s interiors carry a design combining red highlights and black trim. Caterham’s interior designers clearly took inspiration from the roulette wheels used in the Monaco Casino Square in the 1950s.

An all-black trim is also offered as an optional kit to the Roadsport 125 Monaco’s buyers. They also had the choice of getting a wide SV chassis and a lowered floor. Of course, the car’s mechanics also promises exceptional performance. It is powered by a 1.6-liter Ford engine mated to a 5-speed gearbox.

The engine’s performance promises a six-second acceleration period to reach 60 miles per hour from a standstill. A power-to-weight ratio of 227 bhp per tonne leads to a top speed of 112 miles per hour. The Roadsport 125 Monaco was sold at a price tag of just £20,995.

However, the first 20 cars were offered at a discounted price of £19,995. If it’s not any different from the success gained by other Caterham Special Editions, it’s going to be a classic and could fetch a higher price in auctions in the future like the 2001 Beaulieu.

Press Release

MONTE CARLO OR BUST? NOT WITH CATERHAM'S MONACO SPECIAL EDITION

  • Roadsport 125 Monaco remains true to Colin Champan's original 1957 design and lightweight philosophy.
  • Brushed aluminum bodywork complimented with red and white Monegasque flag motif.
  • Interior color scheme aims to capture spirit of roulette wheels found in Casino Square.
  • Newest entry-level Caterham special-edition car priced at £20,995 but first 20 orders available for £19,995.
  • It features a five-speed manual gearbox mated to a 1.6-liter Ford engine with a power-to-weight ratio of 227bhp per tonne.

Caterham Cars is evoking the elegance, class and rich motorsport heritage of Monte Carlo with the latest Special Edition of its similarly timeless sportscar, the Roadsport 125 Monaco.

The latest incarnation of Caterham's iconic Seven remains true to Colin Chapman's original 1957 design in both its lightweight philosophy and its bespoke, retro styling.

Harking back to the golden era of motorsport, the Monaco features Caterham's brushed aluminium bodywork, with black nose and wheel guards, while the familiar red and white of the Monegasque flag form a motif that runs the length of the car.

In the cockpit, the theme is naturally continued, with hand-tailored black leather interior featuring red highlights pairing with the black body trim to capture a colour scheme reminiscent of the roulette wheels found in Casino Square complete the evocative '50s feel.

The Monaco is the latest in a series of entry-level Caterham Special Editions which traditionally suffer little or no depreciation – the Beaulieu launched in 2001 now typically sells for more than its original list price.

For just £20,995, the Monaco combines Caterham's thrilling performance and driving experience with a unique touch of European flare and glamour. However, the first 20 cars to be ordered are available for just £19,995.

Under the skin, the engineering is pure Caterham. The 1.6-litre Ford engine produces a top speed of 112mph and a power-to-weight ratio of 227bhp per tonne.

The 5-speed gearbox propels the lightweight 500kg chassis from 0-60mph in under six seconds and full weather kit means the Roadsport is thoroughly enjoyable in any conditions.

Options include the wide SV chassis and a lowered floor for extra comfort in the cockpit, while all black trim is also available.

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