Caton, a new player on the automotive scene, has teased their first vehicle: a two-seater British sports car.

The unnamed vehicle is said to be a unique take on an “iconic two-seater Fifties British sports car,” slated for public viewing at the Salon Prive Concours d’Elégance car show in London, April 21st-23rd, as well as other undisclosed UK-centric events.

Caton is an all-new brand with a self-proclaimed specialization in ultra-exclusive luxury products. They are said to be focusing on the “enhancement and reincarnation of iconic products, not just vehicles, sympathetically updated for the modern age.” While other products in their portfolio are yet to be discussed, their first step in the spotlight has taken the form of a silhouetted sports car.

The newcomer has partnered with an unnamed company that has “specialized in restoration and engineering enhancement for more than 40 years and can trace its roots back to the company that produced the car in period.” The reimagined design is said to be evolved to create a more user-friendly experience for modern drivers. At every stage, Caton has deferred back to the original vehicle’s DNA and the vision of its engineers. So the question is: which sports car is it?

The image backlights the car’s side profile against an otherwise blackened background, so details are lost. The silhouette bears some resemblance to the MGA, the nose and rear squinted by comparison-- likely an aerodynamic measure taken for efficiency and performance. A Triumph Spitfire would have been an interesting guess, though they were not seen on the market until the 60’s. The Austin-Healey Sprite came around in the late 50’s, but the Frogeye ( or Bugeye) doesn’t lend itself to this particular profile. The AC Ace seems a little more befitting; albeit with a seemingly longer hood on the original. Regarded as some form of precursor to the AC Cobra, the Ace was produced in the 50’s and is quietly remembered by some-- perhaps not as fervently as other names dropped above.

The possibilities, while not endless, leave much to the imagination.

“We can’t wait to take the wraps off Caton’s first product,” said Tim Strafford, CEO of Caton’s strategic vehicle building partner, Envisage Group.“It is an exciting precision reincarnation of an icon, one that will set new standards in coachbuilding. But whatever project Caton undertakes, be it the evolution of a classic or a contemporary product, we will leverage the best possible technology, skill sets, resources and partners to set new standards across the industry.”

Envisage Group was established in 2009, offering unique engineering solutions and services to various clients. While most of their OEM work remains confidential, the group will offer Caton, an otherwise independent company, the usage of certain facilities and resources, like milling, 3D printing, Color Material and Finish research, trim departments and paint laboratory.

Whatever the case may be, we’re excited to see what Caton has under wraps. Stay tuned to MotorWeek for updates!