Construction of chassis #400 - the first Seven begins
Graham Nearn creates Caterham Cars, located on Caterham Hill, Surrey
Caterham supplied Seven Series II registered KAR 120C for The Prisoner TV series
Caterham takes over production rights for the Seven from Lotus
New racing Academy for novices in the UK
Launch of the all new Larger Chassis, wider and longer
Nearn family sells to Corven Ventures
50 Years of Seven celebrations held at Donington Park
R500 wins Top Gear Car of the Year
Coven Ventures sells to Tony Fernandes and Kamarudin Meranun
Caterham enters and competes in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship
Launch of the fastest ever production Seven, the Seven 620
Caterham teams up with LEGO to produce model Seven 620R
Another milestone in the Caterham story as the Seven turns 60
In 1957, the genius moustache wearer that was Colin Chapman built a lively little two-seater sports car. The car was designed to be ‘fit for purpose’ – Chapman wanted owners to be able to experience the joy and pride of building their own car and then take it on track.
To that end, he came up with the mantra “Simplify, then add lightness” and the Seven was born.
Over sixty years on, Caterham – which acquired the rights to build and develop the Seven from Chapman in 1973 – is still adhering to Chapman’s original philosophy and is still turning out variants of the Seven that don’t so much shout ‘fun’ at you, as grab you by the lapels and scream it in your face.
With a line-up of models that range in power from 135ps to 237ps, each car weighing just over 500kg, Caterham’s five Seven variants features something for every taste, every level of driving experience. Production of Caterham’s unique British cars is exclusively from within the UK- from start to finish, with the end goal, still being, to reduce weight and increase power.
But one thing that remains constant–- whether you’re getting behind the wheel of the relatively sedate Seven 275 or the face-meltingly swift Seven 485 – is fun.
At Caterham, we’ve always put the driver experience at the very heart of what we do. Just as Chapman did over 60 years ago, we are committed to reducing weight, increasing power and giving our customers a thrilling drive whether on the road or on the racetrack- as part of our acclaimed series of one-make motor racing championships.
True to our ethos, we’ve created more than 1,000 brand new racing drivers through our Caterham Academy programme, but the Seven has a knack for making you feel like a hero wherever you drive.
Strap in, take a deep breath and prepare yourself. You’re about to have the ride of your life.
The Iconic Seven
Caterham and the Seven have a history that is forever entwined. We are the proud custodians of Seven, the people who know and love this car. We are the passion and engineering behind today’s incarnations of Chapman’s design. Uniquely British and sometimes quirky in our ways, we see it as our duty to push the envelope and boundaries of this little car to its absolute maximum, while retaining the driving purity and racing spirit that defined the original and made it an icon.
Our model range may be one model, and it may not be mainstream. But its nuanced variants encompass everything a true driver wants from a car. From the Sunday cruiser to the track day enthusiast to the wannabe racing driver, you will find a Caterham Seven to suit. And, it’s hand-built, backed by an ideology and heritage that is unequaled in our sector.
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