RE: Caterham Seven 420R | Spotted

RE: Caterham Seven 420R | Spotted

Monday 7th June

Caterham Seven 420R | Spotted

Fancy a naturally aspirated Seven, but want the 620R's sequential 'box? Sir Chris Hoy has you covered



Just last month we speculated that the naturally aspirated 420R might still be the sweet spot of the current Caterham lineup on the basis that it's less overtly mad than the supercharged 620, but also beefier and ballsier than the smaller engined models. And apparently at least one person agrees with us.

Sir Chris Hoy, alongside being a lovely chap and certified track cycling icon, can safely be called car mad. He's raced in the British GT Championship and at Le Mans, after all. And, as today's spotted demonstrates, is also a former Caterham 7 owner. According to Oakmere, the 420R pictured was custom-built for his nibbs. Which sounds about right.

For one thing, Hoy is a confirmed friend of the brand, having set the '60-second donut challenge' record back in 2017 to mark six decades of Seven. For another, despite its road-legal status, the car in question has 'circuit special' written all over it. Surely no-one goes for the aeroscreen and full roll cage unless they plan on making extensive use of a pitlane garage.


Also, there's the gearbox. We didn't even know you could order the 420R with the six-speed Sadev sequential transmission. And a quick visit to Caterham's configurator confirms that you can't - not if you limit yourself to the standard tick boxes, at any rate. Oakmere calls it 'special order', so it probably helps if you're a) equipped with deep pockets and b) possess seven Olympic medals.

Given that the manufacturer has also supplied a unique gold-finished key with 'Hoy' engraved on it, it's fair to say that it took the factory-build commission seriously. The ยฃ47,950 asking price suggests that the car is likely amongst the most expensive 420Rs it has every produced - although still a fair saving over the circa ยฃ55k starting price for a 620R.

We're inclined to say that it makes quite the prospect: raw-edged, certainly, based on experience of the sequential 'box, but undeniably unique once you've factored the ownership history in. As you might expect for a car which has only covered 560 miles in a very brief existence, it's also said to be as-new. And if it's good enough for a knight...


SPECIFICATION | CATERHAM SEVEN 420R

Engine: 1,999cc, four-cylinder
Transmission: Six-speed sequential, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 210@7,600rpm
Torque (lb ft): 150@6,300rpm
MPG: Oh plenty
CO2: Some
First registered: 2020
Recorded mileage: 560
Price new: ยฃ45-50k
Yours for: ยฃ47,950

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rossub

Original Poster:

3,212 posts

156 months

Monday 7th June
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Surely Sir Chris didn’t specify that key.... that is a thing of naffness hehe

ddom

4,127 posts

14 months

Monday 7th June
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It’s an interesting prospect, but a lot of money for 210HP really.

Walshenham

53 posts

134 months

Monday 7th June
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ddom said:
It’s an interesting prospect, but a lot of money for 210HP really.
What an odd way to look at it! I suspect unless you drive something extraordinary rapid you would get out of it feeling short changed power wise..

PH User

18,206 posts

74 months

Monday 7th June
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I like that boot lid, it looks very neat.

Marc H

92 posts

120 months

Monday 7th June
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Why did he only do 560 miles in it? Waste of getting it built.

ddom

4,127 posts

14 months

Monday 7th June
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Marc H said:
Why did he only do 560 miles in it? Waste of getting it built.
If that’s purely track a good few laps

Esceptico

4,231 posts

75 months

Monday 7th June
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ddom said:
Marc H said:
Why did he only do 560 miles in it? Waste of getting it built.
If that’s purely track a good few laps
Five or six track days (possible fewer if open pit lane)? Doesn’t seem a lot if you have gone to the effort of ordering a bespoke build. Suggests that it wasn’t up to his expectations.

I would want to use a Caterham on the road as well so unless I could justify owning two this seems a bit extreme. Other issues is that an R300 or R400 would be just as nice but half the price and unlikely to depreciate much. A few friends have all bought Caterhams recently.

ddom

4,127 posts

14 months

Monday 7th June
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Esceptico said:
Five or six track days (possible fewer if open pit lane)? Doesn’t seem a lot if you have gone to the effort of ordering a bespoke build. Suggests that it wasn’t up to his expectations.

I would want to use a Caterham on the road as well so unless I could justify owning two this seems a bit extreme. Other issues is that an R300 or R400 would be just as nice but half the price and unlikely to depreciate much. A few friends have all bought Caterhams recently.
Given he was contracted to race to various teams I guess the Caterham was a bit of fun. And why not smile

Motormouth88

89 posts

26 months

Monday 7th June
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Can't really call him an owner having covered that measly mileage...pathetic effort.

horizontal

6 posts

70 months

Monday 7th June
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I’d want a drivers seat at that price!

BlackandWhite

133 posts

160 months

Monday 7th June
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horizontal said:
I’d want a drivers seat at that price!
Excellent! Splendid eye for detail and genuinely funny.

HustleRussell

19,414 posts

126 months

Monday 7th June
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horizontal said:
I’d want a drivers seat at that price!
Hoy was presumably planning to spend an additional £600 or so getting a bead seat moulded and upholstered.

ddom

4,127 posts

14 months

Monday 7th June
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Can’t be Chris’s....not an SV getmecoat

Oakman

239 posts

124 months

Tuesday 8th June
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HustleRussell said:
Hoy was presumably planning to spend an additional £600 or so getting a bead seat moulded and upholstered.
He had a bicycle seat in it .....

Terminator X

11,009 posts

170 months

Tuesday 8th June
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Damn it looks good love

TX.

Augustus Windsock

2,521 posts

121 months

Tuesday 8th June
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Esceptico said:
ddom said:
Marc H said:
Why did he only do 560 miles in it? Waste of getting it built.
If that’s purely track a good few laps
Five or six track days (possible fewer if open pit lane)? Doesn’t seem a lot if you have gone to the effort of ordering a bespoke build. Suggests that it wasn’t up to his expectations.

I would want to use a Caterham on the road as well so unless I could justify owning two this seems a bit extreme. Other issues is that an R300 or R400 would be just as nice but half the price and unlikely to depreciate much. A few friends have all bought Caterhams recently.
If it was used purely on a track, and not counting the pit lanes, Sir Hoys nearest track to his home in Manchester (Oulton Park) would have got him 207 laps, and Knockhill would have been 442 laps.
That’s presuming also that it was trailered to track days of course
Whatever, it sure looks clean so unless His Knighthood only used it on dry days then it’s been prepped well.

coppice

6,665 posts

110 months

Tuesday 8th June
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ddom said:
It’s an interesting prospect, but a lot of money for 210HP really.
The bhp figure is only part of the story , as bare numbers out of context are meaningless . Think of it as 400 bhp - interested now ? It weighs less than half a hot hatch . I had one with roller barrels (so 220bhp , but felt more ) and sand was not kicked in its face very often .

Park-ut4ry

19 posts

70 months

Tuesday 8th June
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Its a track car owned by someone who clearly has multiple opportunities to drive a vast array of machinery - I can't believe people are getting funny because he's not done 10,000 miles a year in it.

I can only imagine how much fun that must be on a circuit!

CoffeePls

35 posts

4 months

Tuesday 8th June
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Clearly he specified the sequential box because the usual clutch was just too heavy for him biggrin

darren f

876 posts

179 months

Tuesday 8th June
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I’m really surprised Chris Hoy actually fitted in a S3. They are pretty narrow and I’m guessing he probably has thighs the diameter of tree trunks. Which no doubt explains the lack of seat, I reckon he was using a foam seat with him sat on the floor- he’d certainly never fit in Tillets. When I built my Seven there were no such thing as lowered floors, a foam seat was the only way for 6’+ drivers to get sat low enough for using an aero screen...., I have happy memories of a winter’s afternoon sat in the drivers seat enjoying the exothermic reaction of the foam curing around me, it does wonders for a bad back.