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.