Celebrating 60 years of Seven models, Caterham has created the 1960s-style Seven Sprint. And now they’re all sold out
Caterham has launched a new Seven Sprint model at the Goodwood Revival, ahead of the upcoming 60th anniversary celebration of the legendary Seven line next year. Just seven days after going on sale, the company has announced that the retro model has sold out.
Caterham’s Chief Commercial Officer, David Ridley, said: ‘We have been overwhelmed with the response to the Sprint. We knew of course it was a great product but the reaction we got is unprecedented.
‘In a typical year, we’ll sell around 500 cars meaning that, with the Sprint, we’ve sold more than 10% of our annual sales figure in a week. It’s been the perfect scene-setter to our 60 Years of Seven celebrations.’
The retro-themed model has been styled to emulate the looks of the very first Lotus 7 models from the mid-1960s, bringing back the flared front arches, with a set of cream-painted steel wheels and polished hubcaps. There are new rear lights, as well as a polished exhaust silencer too.
Customers had a choice of age-appropriate colours, including Mellow Yellow, Regency Red, Camberwick Green, British Racing Green, Misty Blue and Cream – all of which are based on actual paint colours that were popular at the time. The chassis and suspension components are powder-coated in the same grey used on early Sevens, while small subtle badges replace the stickers usually applied to modern Caterhams.
Inside it gets really retro, with a wood-rimmed steering wheel, wood-effect dashboard trim and a more classic dashboard layout. The seats are hand-stitched Muirhead Scottish leather, finished in scarlet red.
Caterham says that it will produce just 60 Sprint models for the UK and European market, and that it will be based on the Caterham 160 – retaining the model’s 79bhp turbocharged three-cylinder engine. The Sprint was priced from £27,995, but all 60 of the planned production run have been sold meaning that you’ll have to wait for the first cars to trickle onto the used market.
Despite its basic looks, the Caterham Seven has come a long way since the first Lotus 7 models were launched over 60 years ago. The basic ethos however has never changed, offering very serious performance thanks to simple construction and low weight.