Ultimate retro drag race: Caterham 170R vs Mini Oselli vs Tipo 184

Which retro racer will win in this very wet drag race?

7w ago

The current state of the classic car market has seen prices soar like never before. For example, if you wanted to go out and buy a classic 911, you're looking at close to £100,000 for some models – it's mayhem. This is why so many companies are looking at creating retro cars and here are three examples.

In this Top Gear drag race, three retro-inspired racers are going head to head to see which is quicker. The contestants are; a Caterham Seven 170R, Tipo 184, and a David Brown Automotive Mini Oselli. Believe it or not, all three of these cars are brand new, but you wouldn't know it.

The Caterham Seven 170R is the lightest variant of the Seven range, weighing in at just 440kg. Powering it is a 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder Suzuki engine that produces just 83 hp – but considering its weight, that's plenty of poke. Prices start at £25,000.

Meanwhile, the Tipo 184 is a little different with it only being sold as a kit car. It is intended to replicate a classic race car (an Alfa Romeo Tipo 158 in this case). It's based on a 1998-2001 1.8-litre NB Mazda Miata, so power will depend on the quality of your donor car, but brand-new, this engine produced 140 hp. Prices start at £17,700.

Last but not least on the start line is a David Brown Automotive Mini Oselli which is a restomodded Mini with some serious upgrades. This one is powered by a 1420cc engine with twin carbs that produces 125 hp and 113 lb-ft of torque. If you want to buy one, you could be looking at an eye-watering bill of £108,000.

Which do you think will win the drag race?

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Comments (21)

  • That’s brave letting someone do that in an expensive classic like that

      1 month ago
  • £100k for a mini 😱😂😂😂😂 he’s avin a laaaarrrff! For that money I’d expect a great deal more performance. Mate of mine had a 1275GT, tuned it up a bit, new carbs, porting etc and that would have destroyed that mini. Think he spent £5k on the car and £600 tuning it

      1 month ago
    • No one is getting 125hp from a Mini engine by slapping carbs on it and spending £600. Takes a high spec build and a lot of work to get power out of such a badly designed engine.

        1 month ago
    • I’m talking about late 1970’s, £600 bought you a good second hand car

        1 month ago
  • what won the drag race

      1 month ago
    • The Caterham

        1 month ago
    • yeah

        1 month ago
  • Caterham. Despite its lack of power they always perform well

      1 month ago