The Seven is a prac­ti­cal clas­sic

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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?’

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