2018 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction
1985 Caterham Super Seven 1600cc Clubman
|Wheels||Revolution cast alloy|
This lot is no longer available
Built by Caterham Cars in the UK, the Caterham 7 is a clubman-style sports car based on the legendary Lotus Seven, which was sold in kit and factory-built form by Lotus Cars, from 1957 to 1972. In 1973 Lotus decided to shed its kit car image and concentrate instead on limited series racing cars and up-market sports cars. As part of this plan, it sold the rights to the Seven to its only remaining agents, Caterham Cars in England and Steel Brothers Limited in New Zealand. The modern Caterham Seven is available in both kit and fully assembled form and is based on the Series 3 Lotus Seven, though developed to the point that no part is the same as the original Lotus. The Caterham Seven is built around a steel spaceframe with minimum aluminium and fibreglass bodywork in classic two-seater clubman style. As with the Lotus 7, the mechanical specs of the Caterham Seven vary according year and model, and cars built from kits by individual constructors. The vast majority are fitted with four-cylinder engines which, combined with a super lightweight construction, give the Caterham Seven exceptional performance and driver enjoyment.