What is it?
It seems every long-standing British car maker is trying to cash in on its heritage at the moment. Jaguar Classic and Land Rover Classic are busy restoring XKSSs and two-door Range Rovers, Morgan has successfully relaunched its 3 Wheeler and now Caterham is producing a vintage model of its own to commemorate six decades since the launch of the original Lotus Seven.
The new Sprint mixes the look and charm of Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s original two-seater with the running gear, heated windscreen and watertight roof of a modern day Seven 160.
The model gets long, curving wheel arches and a red leather interior complete with a gorgeous Moto-Lita wood-rimmed steering wheel, but up front there’s a contrastingly modern Suzuki 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder engine that’s barely larger than the battery under the bonnet. It comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and puts out just 80bhp, and it needs to be spinning at 7000rpm to manage even that.