Swedish Design Envisions Modern Caterham with 60s Indy Styling
If you are into lightweight performance vehicles with iconic roots, there are a few directions you could go. Many opt for Shelby Cobra replicas or even the Factory Five Daytona Coupe, but the grandaddy of all throwbacks has to be the Caterham 7. As the spiritual successor to the iconic Lotus 7, the Caterham is nearly a spitting image of the Lotus– but what if you wanted to update that look? The original Lotus 7 ran from 1975 until 1972, when production was almost seamlessly taken over by Caterham, resulting in a nearly unbroken 57-year production run. The 7 has incorporated updates through the years, using more modern engine and brake components, but the formula remained undiluted. RELATED: See images of the Caterham Superlight R600
There have been more than a few odd custom 7s out there, but non as fantastic as this creation from Bo Zolland Design AB. The Swedish designers have taken inspiration from Indy race cars from the 1960s.
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The design features the addition of a hood scoop, large side exhaust that goes over the rear axle (rather than running low to the ground in the modern version), and larger, throwback-style wheels, wrapped in modern rubber. The lightweight bucket seats have also been swapped out for a retro-styled interior. From every angle we love this car, and hope it becomes a reality.
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