The Seven is a practical classic
We thoroughly enjoyed reading Chris Hope’s review of a Lotus Seven TwinCam ( CCW, 26 July) and would agree that Sevens are the best car to drive by a mile. However, there were a couple of minor points which may have given the impression that it is an impractical car.
We have owned a 1985 Caterham Super Seven Twin Cam for 15 years and during this time various improvements to the original ‘extras’ have come on to the market, making a Seven as practical as an everyday car. The original vinyl hood and hood sticks which filled the cubby under the tonneau can be easily replaced with a soft, roll-up hood which sits on the roll bar and clips to the windscreen. It can even be clipped to the roll bar when not in use, leaving room in the cubby for the tools/oil and water that any sensible owner of a Seven carries. It can be clipped on in less than a minute when required and, as it is made of modern materials, dries out in minutes.
The other inaccuracy concerns its capacity for long-distance travel. A luggage rack, which sits on the spare wheel, is widely available. It will hold a fully laden suitcase – ours has been enhanced to take a large suitcase. In addition, if you travel with side screens, you can carry a large bag behind the roll
bar as the mirrors on the side screens give good overall visibility.
We have taken our Caterham on holiday several times. Our latest trip this year involved a drive across France to the Ardèche and the Alps – a trip of 2500 miles across a couple of weeks.
The only impractically is that the footwell becomes extremely hot, which is not ideal when you are travelling in an unseasonal heatwave. Otherwise it is the perfect car for road trips. Sarah Blatchford and Chris Gilbert, Crediton, Devon
Caterham Super Seven Twin Cam – ‘Not practical, moi?’