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Iconic kit car goes to pieces - thanks to Lego

The ultimate kit car, the Caterham Seven, will enter a new self-build era later this year when a Lego version goes on sale

THE Caterham Seven sports car, a sort of four-wheeled motorbike or bath tub with an engine, has always been available as a DIY build-it-yourself kit for enthusiastic tinkerers.

Soon a kit to suit for even the most ham-fisted and ungifted mechanics will go on sale, courtesy of Lego.

The Lego set has been created under the company's Ideas programme, which encourages fans to design their own models and share them with other builders.

Ideas which receive 10,000 votes from fans are then considered by Lego for production and sale to the public.

The Caterham Seven idea was submitted by Lego builder Carl Greatrix.

Mike McCoy from Lego said Mr Greatrix was well known in Lego circles for his "photo-realistic models of cars, trains and aircraft".

"He's perfectly captured the classic British sportscar in Lego bricks and now you'll be able to own one too," he said.

David Ridley from Caterham said it was an "enormous honour" to have its car recreated by Lego.

"The great thing about Lego toys is that they are timeless - it certainly isn't just children who love it; we have a few of our team members who are avid fans despite being well into their 40s," he said.

"If you know someone who has always wanted a Caterham Seven, you can now tell them you're getting them one."

The exact details and colours of the Lego Caterham Seven are yet to be finalised, with the model expected in toy shops later this year.

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