Demand for pre-owned versions of Caterham’s famous 7 open-top have continued to soar despite the shorter days, colder nights and greying skies.
In keeping with Britain’s position as the European home of the open-top (we buy more than Italy, Spain and France together), sales of used Sevens are up nearly 20 per cent on last year.
"The long summer has kept demand at a record high into the autumn," explained Andy Noble, Sales & Marketing Director of Caterham. "People are buying now so that they can enjoy a crisp winters morning drive and be ready for the spring sunshine."
Caterham has sold over 10,000 examples of Colin Chapman’s legendary lightweight sportscar since 1973, when it officially took over manufacturing and distribution rights. Many are still around today with some owners well into their twentieth year of ownership.
The oldest model currently in stock at Caterham is a 1985 built 1700 Supersprint. With a price tag of £8,500, the 135bhp two-seater confirms the rock solid residuals of the Seven.
With customers travelling from all four corners of the UK to Caterham’s Surrey and Leicestershire showrooms, replenishing stock has been a priority over the past few months.
"Interest in the larger Roadsport SV and the Superlight R300 and R400 have certainly helped us freshen stock as owners buy new again," says Noble. "Customers also have a greater choice at this time of year and the winter often brings out the cannier buyer looking for value for money, so we’re making sure we carry sufficient stock to keep our customers happy!"
The Caterham Seven is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Prices of pre-owned models start from £8,000.Published 22 October 2003