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Early Lotus Seven

Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:49 am
by Pete
This popped up on Facebook this week! What an awesome project. 😍

Re: Early Lotus Seven

Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:07 am
by Old English White
Wow. That is quite a discovery! 8-)

Re: Early Lotus Seven

Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:42 am
by Pandora
Brian Luff's old car.

I saw that on an old Lotus thread, quite the dream find.

A friend has just restored an early S2 America, and they are just such lovely things.

Al

Re: Early Lotus Seven

Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:51 am
by rpb203
Bet that would be brilliant fun, once done.
Real barn find.

Re: Early Lotus Seven

Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 11:20 am
by Pete
Chassis 4?

Re: Early Lotus Seven

Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:33 pm
by Gary Schulz
Wow what a find! Love to have an early S2 Seven with either BMC A, or Coventry Climax power. This is a late S1 though isn't it?

Re: Early Lotus Seven

Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:42 pm
by Cheeser
The dilemma is how to treat it, originally had a Ford side valve?
First hurdle is what you might have to pay for it and then consider the cost to return to original or otherwise. The original ali nose, wings and bodywork are not an insignificant cost, apart tube chassis and everything else. An S2 or S3 are likely to cost a lot less but I do agree that a car of this significance has got to be worth restoring well, if you have the money.

Re: Early Lotus Seven

Posted: Sun Dec 05, 2021 5:43 pm
by Pandora
Great article on this car in this month's Classic Cars magazine, written by my good pal Nigel Boothman. And the secret is out, it was bought by my friend Robb, who still can't quite believe he managed to buy a S1 seven, let alone that one!

It's bloody brilliant! A real timewarp, with layers of additions, but very original under it all having been off the road for decades, in a barn way up in the Highlands.

His plan at the moment is to do the most basic work on the chassis, strip off the horrid white paint (mostly gone already) and to run it for a while with an A series as was fitted when he bought it, then in a year or two to then strip it fully and put it back to how it was on the brochure when Brian Luff built it, so Ford side valve and shiny red paint.

Anyone who's see Robb's other cars, including his supercharged '61, will know that he is exactly the right person to do the restoration. I'm looking forward to many hundreds of miles in the passenger seat. :D

Al

Re: Early Lotus Seven

Posted: Mon Dec 06, 2021 1:34 pm
by andy1071
What a fantastic find..!

But I can go one better...
How about a nos unbuilt Seven..? :D :D


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Re: Early Lotus Seven

Posted: Mon Dec 06, 2021 2:23 pm
by 111Robin
Very nice find indeed (both real and scale model)