It’s actually Lotus we have to thank for the Caterham Seven coming into being. Their model, the Lotus 7, was designed and conceptualized by their founder, Colin Chapman, in 1957, and was famously driven to victory by Graham Hill in several Formula One championships.
However, after Lotus decided to move away from producing kit cars and focus on production of more advanced sports cars and supercars in 1973, they sold the rights to Caterham Cars, and the rest, as they say, is history. The Caterham Seven first went into production in 1974, and adopted the same ‘lightness, then performance’ approach their successors had.
It perhaps explains why the Seven, with its light frame chassis and stressed aluminium body panels, really comes into its own out on the track, with a 1.8 litre engine packing 165 bhp, and the ability to zip from 0 - 60 mph in a super swift 3.5 seconds, with a maximum speed of 130 mph.