Founded in 1973, Caterham Cars is a specialist sports car manufacturer based in the south of England. The company was a long-time Lotus dealer and when that company decided to discontinue its Seven sports car, Caterham Cars' owner Graham Nearn elected to buy the rights and continue production himself.
Although Caterham has experimented with other models in the past 30 years, the Seven is still at the heart of its range. It's offered in a wide variety of specifications, including kit form for home assembly. The entry-level edition uses Ford's three-cylinder petrol engine, while more powerful versions get a highly-tuned four-cylinder motor and a sequential gearbox.
The essence of all Caterham Sevens, regardless of power, is their light weight, which gives them excellent agility and handling. Most editions weigh around 500kg - or around half as much as a modern small car.