Lot 124 - 2006 Caterham SV Roadsport
|Odometer reading||5,397 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £22,680|
- Desirable SV model
- Well specified from new
- As new condition
Caterham Cars is a manufacturer of specialist lightweight sports cars and is a direct evolution of the Series III Lotus Seven designed by Colin Chapman originally launched in 1973. Caterham had been a major Lotus Seven dealer during the 1960's and its founder, Graham Nearn, purchased the rights to continue manufacture of the Seven design after Lotus announced its intention to discontinue the model. The Lotus/Caterham Seven is widely regarded by car enthusiasts and the media as one of the most precise handling sports cars ever, with 2007 marking the 50th year of continuous production. As with its Lotus Seven predecessor, Caterhams are constructed of aluminium sheet attached to a tubular steel chassis and all are front engined with rear-wheel drive and two seats. Their extremely high performance is achieved through being lightweight and well balanced rather than from having particularly powerful engines.
Ordered in March 2006 and first registered that June, this beautiful Caterham Seven offers a perfect compromise of performance and practicality. The SV Roadsport sporting the wider chassis makes for a much more comfortable experience, especially on longer journeys. With this in mind the car was specified new not only as an SV, but also with leather adjustable seats, both inertia and 4-point harness seatbelts, a heater, side screen arm rests and a quick release leather steering wheel. Other practical options include a rear roll cage, spare wheel, cigar lighter, starter button, tonneau cover, full weather equipment, five-speed gearbox and unusually, an uprated 1.8 litres X-Power engine with an additional 20 HP pushing power output to 140 HP. The vendor reports that this factory built example drives superbly and is a reluctant sale. The specification of this lovely little Caterham lends itself perfectly to day trips as well as tours and trackdays, performing equally well for each function.
Supplied with the car’s original order sheet and factory correspondence, original book pack, a V5C registration document, previous MoT test certificates, many receipts and two keys. This Seven offers huge fun whilst keeping practicality in mind. You would certainly be hard pushed to find a better presented and useable example of this Chapman design classic.
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