Lotus 7 becomes Caterham 7

Firstly, a bit of history. Colin Chapman created the Lotus Seven and brought it to market as a self-assembly vehicle back in 1957 (actually, VAT was charged on self-assembly cars at the time so Chapman cleverly provided disassembly instructions - which one had to follow backwards - to get around this, or so the story goes). The Seven soldiered on for sixteen years as a Lotus-branded car (in that time, famously being introduced to a wider audience as Patrick McGoohan's car in the opening credits of "The Prisoner"), and survived through two mild facelifts and one major redesign (so four generations) before the rights to the Seven were purchased by a main dealer, Caterham Cars, in 1973. Caterham reintroduced the Series 3 design soon after taking over the rights and has been selling the Seven ever since, supplying around five hundred cars a year.

Find out a little more about Stelios's Catherham 7 here


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