Lotus Seven with the 105E Engine also achieved a little bit of fame
in the TV Series the Prisoner.
McGoohan contacted Lotus, asking for an Elan to
use in the series. Graham Arnold, the marketing
director for Lotus, arranged for Mr McGoohan to
see both the Elan and the Seven, Upon seeing the
cars, Patrick McGoohan chose the Seven as he felt
that it portrayed the sense of freedom he was
looking for in the program.
using the car in several episodes, it was
delivered back to Lotus, who, cash-conscious as
ever, sold the original KAR 120C, a Cosworth
1500-powered Super Seven Series Two, to an
overseas buyer, not knowing their was everal
episodes left to shoot. when McGoohan's
production company, Everyman Films, asked for the
car back again, for another short shot, there was
no car available at Lotus for them, but
fortunately Caterham Cars were able to help out.
team resprayed a secondhand 997cc Ford
Anglia 105E Engine powered Lotus Seven with Elan
wheels and red interior, over a weekend in the
correct Prisoner colours, and, with paint barely
dry, Graham Nearn delivered it to the Borehamwood
studio on Monday morning. His 105E powered Seven
appeared in the final episode of the series and
in some subsequent publicity shots for Caterham.