Early Lotus Seven

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That is a truly lovely thing.

I have teetered on the edge of 7 ownership many, many times. Part of me feels I can't live without having had one at least for a while, the other 1/2 of me knows I'd kill myself in it.

So far, common sense has prevailed. . . . . . . .
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I've always said that if you really really want something, you should do all you can to get one. You might love it. You might not, But at least you'll have tried! I would think that Lotus 7 ownership isn't something to leave until you're TOO old ;)
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OEW, You have hit the nail squarely on the head.

TBH, I reckon I'm too old now.

I have always thought that Fat old men look ridiculous driving tiny sports cars, desperately trying to cling onto their youth. Now I am that fat old man, I still think the same rule applies :lol: :lol:
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OK so what is OLD ?.. you are on this Earth just once so go for it ;)
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Totally agree with that & I still do LOTS of daft things that someone 1/2 my age & weight would be ashamed of, but I am really NOT sure about small sports car ownership :)

Not saying this is the case for everyone, but it is for me :)
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Luckily Robb is built like a racing snake. But's still old (just not grown up!) And I'm sure his Europa is more of a mid life crisis cliché anyway.

It helped him strip the back axle out of the seven over the holidays and it's nearly down to the bare panelled chassis. The engine build is nearly done (manifold flanges cut courtesy of a friendly art college! :lol: ) so he can get on with cleaning up the frame and then start bolting it all back together.

It actually needs very little structurally, I think as a result of having been on the road for a relatively short part of it's life, but it's still a big job to peel back the floor to check the bottom tubes etc. it won't be done for Blyton, I don't think!

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It won't be done for Blyton, I don't think!

Well tell Rob to get his finger out !!

I am really looking forward to seeing this done.
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Out latest addition to the raffle Prizes is perfect for any Lotus fan.

We have been donated this beautiful Stained Glass panel from Ian Davies of the Stained Glass Studio in Ipswich.

https://www.thestainedglassstudio.net/

Originally made for a display at Goodwood, this is a real work of art!
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mk1 wrote: Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:54 am

Well tell Rob to get his finger out !!
I think I may be on a shoogly hook with the whole 'Get your finger out' :lol: :lol:

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Don’t miss out if you have an opportunity of Lotus 7 ownership!
I’m lucky enough to have owned my S2 with A series since 1974, has been continuously on the road for most of that time, so she’s not perfect, but I do use her.
Yesterday I did about 100 miles, bit nippy but brought a few grins to my face.
Although the differential in performance compared to everyday cars is not as marked as in the 70s, it still out performs a lot of everyday cars in the lower speed range. The big thing is the BUZZ is second to none in my experience, about 100 bhp and 105ftlb in a vehicle that weighs about 1000 lb (450kg), the lack of weight heightens the responsiveness, a huge contrast to most current stodgy cars.
No you are not too old!
I couldn’t believe it recently when a person in their 60’s was asking on a forum if he was too old to drive a Caterham!
Many more ‘mature’ drivers enjoy driving 7s, often travelling in Europe, especially to Le Mans. Some of us are planning a trip from southern England for a Scottish tour later this year, travelling in Europe being a bit hit and miss this year.
Go for it if you can!
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