Caterham has launched a new model – the Seven Sprint – that harks back to the car’s glory days of the mid-1960s.
Powered by the same 80hp three-cylinder Suzuki engine as the entry-level Seven 160 model, the Seven Sprint offers a series of period-correct details, and will be unveiled today at the Goodwood Revival.
It will be available in a choice of six paint colours that were all originally available in 1966/7, namely Cream, Mellow Yellow, Regency Red, Camberwick Green, British Racing Green and Misty Blue.
The bodywork will also feature deliciously retro Caterham branding and Sprint logos, while the wheels will be painted cream and finished with polished hub-caps.
Flared front wings, polished exhaust silencer, and retro-inspired individual rear lights complete the look.
Inside, there’s a wood-rimmed steering wheel and a wood-effect dashboard with a classic instrument layout, including a tachometer marked with red and yellow sectors just as it would have been back in the ’60s.
The interior and luggage space are fully carpeted, while the interior panels and Muirhead Scottish seat upholstery are finished in a striking red colour with hand-stitching.
Underneath, the chassis is power-coated grey, the period-correct finish for a Series 2 Lotus 7.
Only 60 Seven Sprints will be built, all offered for sale as a factory-built car only, and priced from £27,995.
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.”
Update: And… they’re gone. Caterham sold all 60 units in just seven days!