Initially sold as the Lotus Seven from 1957 to 1972, the Caterham Seven has been in production under one name or another for over 60 years now. The lightweight sports car was unveiled at the Earls Court motor show in 1957 at a cost of £1,036 including purchase tax or in kit form with no tax for only £536. The low price of the kit car and 325kg dry weight opened up the sports car sector to a whole new audience to experience.
Exocet Red paintwork, White double stripes and Caterham decals, 140hp 1.6-litre Ford Sigma engine, 5-speed manual transmission, Lightened Flywheel, Piper camshafts, Titan LSD, Side exit exhaust with catalytic convertor, 13-inch Apollo wheels finished in black and wrapped in Yokohama tyres, Track day Roll bar, Battery Master switch, Clear front indicators and rear lights, Waxoyl protected chassis, Black pack, New heated windscreen, Carbon Fibre dashboard, Quick release MOMO steering wheel with centre pad, Composite racing seats, adjustable driver’s seat, Lowered floors, Twin 4-Point Caterham racing harnesses, 12v accessory socket, Vinyl tunnel top, Caterham floor mats, Map pocket, Carpeted boot with custom foam inserts to protect the rear skin, wide track race inspired suspension package with adjustable platforms, Caterham Works Racing-developed A-frame with De-Dion rear axle, Bilstein shock absorbers, AP Racing Brake master cylinder, Front disc brakes with twin piston callipers, Rear disc brakes with single piston callipers, AP Racing Brake pressure valve, Carbon fibre fuel filler cap, Carbon vinyl sill guards.
In 2016 Caterham specialists LFP Motorsport were commissioned to fully restore the car to road legal ‘as new’ condition with no expense spared; we are pleased to note that the car maintains this superb condition. As part of the restoration process the Seven saw new panels and a fresh coat of Exocet Red paint complemented by twin white stripes and Caterham decals. Other new items included the iconic ‘7’ grille and 13-inch Apollo wheels. For added protection the rear arches were fitted with carbon fibre guards and the door sills with custom carbon vinyl guards.
The car is further equipped with a gloss black track day roll cage but usefully maintains its mounting points for a full roll cage if required by the new keeper. The chassis of the car has recently been treated and coated in Waxoyl to prevent future corrosion. A brand new heated windscreen has also been installed, although due to injury the owner has been unable to connect the electronics yet. The windscreen mounts have been refinished in striking gloss black.
With its full windscreen, wet weather doors and Caterham ‘shower cap’ hood, the car offers comfortable daily driving and useful protection if you happen to get caught in the rain.