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Lot 229: 1987 Caterham 7 Sprint 'Blue Seven'

Spirit of Motoring, Coys (29 September 2005)

Chris Rea is synonymous with historic motor sport, as a racer and as a film maker with his movie, "La Passione". Chris Rea describes his film as "various fantasies of Italy and Ferraris set to music" so it's a mix of his own real passions: music, cars and Italy. To car buffs and probably Rea himself, the highlight was the recreation of the Ferrari 196 "shark nose" driven by von Trip.Rea's success started in the 1980's, where he released eight albums. "The New Light Through Old Windows" compilation album in 1988 brought Rea great success but his next full album was to be his major breakthrough. "The Road to Hell" enjoyed massive success, not least of which was becoming the number one album in the UK. The follow-up album, "Auberge" released in February 1991 went straight to Number 1 in the first week. The single of the same name reached Number 16. The cover of the platinum selling album features Rea's own Caterham 7, probably one of the most famous images of a Caterham and the very car which is proudly on offer today. Since starting business in 1973, Caterham has been building a version of the Lotus Seven. Colin Chapman created the no-nonsense, go-kart style sports car in 1957 based on his Mk 6 racing car. Chapman decided Lotus should focus on more modern and practical sport cars, the production rights were then sold to Caterham. "Blue Seven" has been owned by Chris Rea from new and is finished in, not surprisingly, blue with black interior and is in good condition. Power is by a Ford crossflow with twin Weber carburettors fitted with K& N air filters providing the car with its legendary superb power to weight ratio. The car features race harnesses, fire extinguisher, side screens and an ignition cut out switch. The car drives very well, with power fed through a 5-speed gearbox and handling like a kart. The car is on the button and has a valid MoT until August 2006. This is a unique chance to own a usable and fantastic piece of rock 'n' roll memorabilia and is being offered here at No Reserve. All proceeds to the charity, NSPCC. (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children).

Lot Details
Auction Spirit of Motoring
Coys, Westminster, London SW1
TypeCar
Lot Number229
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£11762
Year1987
Condition rating0
Registration numberE954 KYE
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