1958 Lotus Seven Series 1 RoadsterSOLD

Right Hand Drive Seven Series 1. Tidy and Quick

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Commonly view by driving enthusiasts as one of the purist British Sports Cars, the Lotus Mk. VII carries absolutely the barest essentials. Accordingly, they are ultra lightweight, have a feel similar to a go-kart, and are an absolute riot to drive.

This particular example has narrower, rounded fenders and an aluminum radiator shroud typical of series I cars. The 467 serial number falls directly within the first series, although the replacement chassis plate is not the correct type for a series I car. While originally equipped with a 948cc BMC motor, this example has been upgraded to the more powerful 1275cc BMC unit. While not original, the 1275cc BMC unit is the correct type motor, and a much more cost effective route to additional horsepower. The 1275 motor is considerably more reliable than the expensive and exotic Formula II engines which these cars are often retrofitted with for vintage racing.

This car was previously owned by a gentleman in Connecticut, who reportedly used it for Vintage SCCA racing school at Lime Rock Park, and also showed the car at the Greenwich Concourse, demonstrating what a broad range of activities this car is eligible for. Specific details on this cars early history are not known.

Cosmetically the car can bee described as a characterful driver. The chassis has the look of an older restoration, and the bodywork area around the cockpit confirms the cars age to some degree. The car has a worn-in, old craftsman appearance. Aside from the cockpit surround, the body is quite straight, particularly the nose piece and fenders, and all is beautifully polished bare aluminum. Tiny turn signals have been fitted front and rear, along with Lucas-style headlights which bring the car into road compliance. A bolt on roll bar has been added which improves safety, and may make the car acceptable to additional vintage racing venues. This example sits on beautifully powder coated wire wheels with new Michelin 155HR15 tires.

The interior is trimmed in newer black upholstery with red piping. This car retains many of its period typical Smiths gauges. With no less than three rear view mirrors, rearward visibility is excellent. There is plenty of leg room to accommodate a driver up to 6` 2`` in height. This Mk. VII is comes with a full cockpit tonneau cover.

The engine bay and underside are both mechanically tidy and representative of a nice driver in condition.

Ideal for the English motoring enthusiasts seeking the purist driving experience, this Mk. VII is sure to be an enjoyable addition to any collection, whether for vintage racing, historic rallies, or casual Sunday driving.

Offers considered.

Reference Number 10244

as of 6/7/2007

Overview
Car 1958 Lotus Seven Series 1 Roadster
VIN 467 
Exterior / Interior Color      Silver /      Black 
Mileage 55,499 miles 
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