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With its corporate office in Dartford, England, Caterham Vehicles is a British producer of specialized lightweight sports cars. Their current model, the Caterham 7, which debuted in 1973, is a direct descendant of Colin Chapman's Series 3 Lotus Seven.


The Series 1 Lotus Seven was introduced by Colin Chapman's Lotus Cars in 1957. Enthusiasts accepted the vehicle right away as a successful racer and affordable, lightweight sports car. Later, updated versions of Series 2, Series 3, and Series 4 were released in 1960, 1968, and 1970, respectively.

In the 1960s, Caterham Cars was a significant Lotus 7 distributor. In 1973, after Lotus declared its decision to abandon the model, Graham Nearn, the company's founder, bought the rights from Chapman to continue producing the Seven design. The Lotus Seven Series 4 was once again being produced by Caterham, but when this proved unsuccessful, manufacturing shifted to a Series 3 model in 1974.

Caterham produced 20 production vehicles with chassis numbers 1 through 20 and one prototype with chassis number 0 in 1974 under the name Seven Cars Limited (CS3 3550 – CS3 3570). Except for chassis number 7, which was built with racing in mind and had an Alfa Romeo 1962cc two cam engines installed, all of the 21 vehicles made in the first year were equipped with the Ford Lotus Twin Cam 1557cc engine.

The media and many auto aficionados consider the Lotus/Caterham 7 to be one of the iconic sports cars of the 20th century.

[Reference required] Even after 50 years of continuous manufacturing, the Seven continues to be well-liked and successful in clubman-style racing.

Ansar Ali, the CEO, and Mark Edwards have headed an ex-Lotus executive group in running Caterham Cars since 2006. (COO). Ansar Ali announced his departure from Caterham Cars in June 2012, and Graham Mcdonald, the business's previous CFO, was named the new CEO.

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