Cars don’t come much more old school than the Caterham Seven. It’s based on a Lotus design that stretches back to 1957, and it doesn’t look a lot different today, even though you’ll find some thoroughly modern engines under the bonnet.
A tiny 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder Suzuki engine that drives the rear wheels though a five-speed manual gearbox powers the cheapest Caterham Seven. It’s surprisingly nippy, but the track-focused 620R version is in an altogether different performance league – it’ll out-accelerate most Ferraris.
Most versions of the Seven are available in kit form (yes, it turns up in boxes and you have to build it) but for a reasonable premium Caterham will sell you a fully built car. It’s very expensive for what it is, although the flipside is that few cars will hold onto their value so well.
Read on over the next few pages for all you need to know about the Caterham Seven, including which versions make the most sense and what else you might want to consider.