1963 Lotus Super Seven Series 2 1500 Cosworth

Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions
Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

The Lotus Seven is a small, simple, lightweight two-seater open-top sports car produced by Lotus Cars (initially called Lotus Engineering) between 1957 and 1972. It was designed by Lotus founder Colin Chapman, and has been considered the embodiment of the Lotus philosophy of performance through low weight and simplicity. The original model was highly successful, with more than 2,500 cars sold, partly because of its attraction as a road-legal car that could be used for Clubmans racing, but mainly because it was such fun.

This 1963 Lotus Super Seven Series 2 is powered by a 1498-cc Ford Pre-Crossflow Cosworth engine. Presented in good condition, this car has recently returned from the States where, we are told, the last owner enjoyed his little Lotus for some 31 years. The car was restored in the 1990s, with, we are led to believe, the engine, transmission and gearbox being rebuilt. At some point all the aluminum paneling was removed from the chassis and the chassis blasted, checked carefully and painted before the car was re-paneled. Most of the paneling was replaced and the rest of the car painted and generally tidied. So pleased was the owner with the result that the car was then subsequently promoted to a heated studio and used sparingly.

Over the years, with the very nature of the Seven, owners will change things to suit their own requirements; however, the vendor believes this car to be particularly original and correct, with the ultra-rare early instruments, the original stamped Serek 5½-gallon fuel tank and the proper carburetors as fitted.

Thor Thorson

SCM Contributing Editor

Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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