You are probably right. The caterham can be a bit of a palaver. Clamber in, harnesses on, can’t reach steering wheel (it’s as well to get the removable one or it’s a bigger ordeal getting in) get harnesses off, get wheel back in again, forget wallet and phone get harnesses off and so on.
The pedal spacing makes the sud look like a Rolls Royce.
You can’t throw just throw the hood back in a Caterham. It’s really awful sorting out the weather kit. It never fits properly and it’s really stiff.
The wind lash is terrific due to the little flat screen and the mirrors don’t work as they vibrate so much - it means the visibility in an MX5 is much better.
You can work on the caterham. Some bits are very dear though.
It is not a car for main roads and motorways but the MX5 can do lanes and the m25 - and it’s got a radio.
On the right day on the right road there is nothing that will touch a caterham in the car world but you get 5 or 6 good days a year if your not retired. The MX5 let’s you into that world every day - even to go to the shops.
I tried a tvr chimera but it’s a bit plastic fantastic. No I can see what your thinking is now and it makes sense.