Lot 28 (The Pavilion Gardens, 31st October 2012)
Sold for £10,912
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: N589DWP
Chassis No: SDKRLKRG550357700
Mot Expiry: May 2013
Automotive genius though he was, one imagines that the late Colin Chapman would be rather surprised that the Lotus Seven he launched at the 1957 Earls Court Motor Show, and then sold the manufacturing rights for in 1973, was still being built, bought, raced and enjoyed the world over, courtesy of Caterham. While few, if any, of the components are interchangeable between the Lotus and today's Caterhams, the Chapman-penned concept and general configuration remain unaltered and, though many times copied, have never been bettered. Power has been supplied by a range of engines over the years - that for the Super 7 1600GT Sprint model came courtesy of a 1599cc Ford crossflow unit.
The smartly-presented Sprint being sold is resplendent in Yellow and Black with a Black interior and roll cage. The previous owner apparently retained it for 12 years, during which time it was sorted and tended to by an ex-BRM race mechanic, and travelled as little as 500 miles per annum. Its Ford engine is fed by a pair of twin-choke Weber carburettors and drives through a five-speed manual gearbox. The vendor currently describes the Caterham as being in "very good overall" condition and is selling it with a detailed, year-by-year service record and MOT valid until May 2013.