Caterham has taken a step back to the Sixties with the introduction of its Seven Sprint.
Built from a design that harks back more than fifty years, the Sprint is the ultimate in retro roadsters. Boasting flared front wings, a polished exhaust silencer and uniquely styled rear lights, the model has been launched in anticipation of next year’s ‘60 Years of the Seven’ anniversary.
To keep it as true to the British carmaker’s heritage as possible, bodywork colours are limited to the traditional Cream, Mellow Yellow, Regency Red, Camberwick Green, British Racing Green and Misty Blue.
Cream wheels feature polished hubcaps, while the Sprint chassis is powder-coated grey – period-accurate for a Series 2 Lotus 7.
In the cockpit, a wooden-rimmed sports steering wheel and wood-effect dashboard continue the retro feel, while the instrument layout is reminiscent of a classic Caterham. The striking scarlet Muirhead Scottish seat upholstery is hand-stitched, while the interior and luggage space are fully carpeted.
The Sprint is powered by the same 80hp, three-cylinder Suzuki engine that features in Caterham’s entry-level Seven 160 model.
Caterham Cars chief executive Graham Macdonald, said: “We have always prided ourselves on continually developing the Seven during the 44 years we have been custodian of the model.
“But we never wished to dismiss our heritage either, and I know there are plenty of Seven purists and aficionados out there who will really appreciate the level of detail we’ve gone to with the Sprint to resurrect the spirit of those early cars.
“It’s a car that has been built today, with all the benefits that modern engineering brings with it, but with the essence of the Swinging ‘60s, and is the perfect precursor to our 60th-anniversary celebration in 2017.”
Orders for the factory-built-only Seven Sprint begin today following the car’s launch at the Goodwood Revival. It will cost from £27,995.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
September 9, 2016