Caterham reveals retro Seven Sprint ahead of Goodwood Revival debut

Caterham reveals retro Seven Sprint special edition ahead of Goodwood debut

Caterham is celebrating 60 years of its Seven sports car by launching a limited edition model at this weekend’s Goodwood Revival.

Just 60 examples of the car will be sold, based on the entry-level Suzuki-powered Caterham Seven 160.

The brand says the Seven Sprint was “seemingly planned in the mid-1960s but never launched”, and is available in a choice of six paint colours that were original British manufacturer colours available in 1966/67.

Caterham Cars CEO, 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 the essence of the swinging ‘60s and is the perfect precursor to our 60th-anniversary celebration in 2017.”

Caterham reveals retro Seven Sprint special edition ahead of Goodwood debut

The Sprint’s chassis is powder-coated grey, making it period-accurate for a Series 2 Lotus 7. The suspension and rollover bar are also reminiscent of Colin Chapman’s original.

Other retro touches include the flared front wings, polished exhaust silencer and retro-styled individual rear lights. The wheels will be painted cream and finished with polished hubcaps.

Inside the basic cabin, the Seven Sprint features a wooden-rimmed sports steering wheel and a wood-effect dashboard. The interior panels and seat upholstery are hand-stitched in scarlet red.

Caterham reveals retro Seven Sprint special edition ahead of Goodwood debut

Meanwhile, the interior panels and Muirhead Scottish seat upholstery is hand-stitched in the period style and finished in striking scarlet red.

The three-cylinder 80hp Suzuki engine accelerates the lightweight sports car to 62mph in 6.9 seconds.

Only available as a factory-built car at a price of £27,995, orders for the Seven Sprint open today.

Web editor at MotoringResearch.com. Drives a 1983 Austin Metro. Tweet me @MR_AndrewBrady.

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