Designed by Lotus founder Colin Chapman, the first incarnation of the Seven (the S1) was launched at the 1957 Earls Court Motor Show. The car was sold as a kit in order to avoid Purchase Tax and became hugely popular.
In 1960, the S2 was launched and in 1966, Patrick McGoohan chose it as the car for Number 6 in The Prisoner. This greatly helped the image of the S2 which already was selling better than the S1. However, it was also around this time that Lotus were considering to discontinue the car. One of the most supportive dealers of the car, Caterham, decided to continue their support of the car and became the sole distributor, taking over marketing and promotion — the Caterham Seven was born.
Caterham continue to manufacture and sell the Seven to this day.
For more information on the Caterham Seven and the other vehicles featured in the series, check out The Unmutual Prisoner Vehicle Guide.
|The Caterham Seven modelled in LEGO.|
|The distinctive front profile of the Seven, with custom KAR 120C numberplate.|
|The Caterham Seven on location at Abingdon Street car park in London which features in the opening titles of The Prisoner.|
The Seven visits 1 Buckingham Place which features as the Prisoner's London home. This picture and the one at the Abingdon Street car park were taken during the London Location Walkabout in April 2005.
For more information on Abingdon Street car park, 1 Buckingham Place and the other London locations featured in the series, check out The Unmutual Locations Guide.
Please read the Building Notes for further explanation.
|Size:||5 studs × 13 studs × 10 plates
40mm × 104mm × 32mm
- The Lotus 7 Club : A club for owners of the Lotus/Caterham Seven with details of Seven-related events all around the world.
- Caterham Cars : Company information.
- Se7en Up : A fansite where much of the information on this page was obtained.