1961 Lotus Super Seven

Highlights

  • Extensively restored during present ownership
  • The vendor provides a detailed record of the current specification and the work completed
  • Superbly presented and running well in readiness for its next custodian

The Appeal

It makes no difference if you have millions to spend, if you’re seeking a pure, raw, unadulterated driving experience, buy a Lotus Seven. It’s as simple as that.
Masterminded by the great Colin Chapman, as a roadgoing racing car eligible for the competitive Clubman class, the Seven is the ultimate embodiment of Lotus’ mantra “simplify and add lightness”. 
It has spawned numerous generations, clones and homages over the years, but here we have one of the originals. This Series II Super Seven has been subject to a comprehensive restoration and now presents beautifully throughout. The vendor demonstrates that the rebuilt 1,500 cc Ford engine runs very well, snarling eagerly through those double-barrel Weber carbs.
Seldom are such well-sorted genuine Lotus Sevens offered for sale, so be sure not to miss the chance to acquire this fabulous example.

The History and Paperwork

  • UK road registered
  • Age-appropriate ‘dateless’ registration
  • Exempt from road tax and MOT testing
  • Acquired by the vendor as a restoration project
  • Restoration now finished and ready to hit the road
  • Detailed record of the current specification and the work completed
  • V5C and old Buff logbook present
  • Lotus chassis plate present and clearly legible

The Condition

  • Fully restored chassis and bodywork
  • Presents superbly inside and out
  • Classically finished in silver over red upholstery
  • Lightweight wire wheels with full-size spare included
  • New tyres and inner tubes
  • The chassis base unit was repaired and any damaged parts replaced, repaired and then primed and painted
  • Wings and nosecone stripped, repaired and painted
  • New hood and boot cover fitted
  • Straight bodywork with no obvious signs of damage
  • The paintwork and brightwork appears very smart with no notable signs of wear
  • New interior trim and seats fitted
  • Original steering wheel refurbished and fitted
  • New tyres and tubes fitted
  • New number plates fitted
  • All lights and fittings refurbished or replaced
  • The original steering wheel has been refurbished

The Mechanics 

  • 1,500 cc Ford pre-Crossflow l4 rebuilt to Cosworth specs
  • Fuelled by a pair of Weber 40DCOE 18 carburettors: overhauled and fitted to Cosworth inlet manifolds
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • 4-2-1 exhaust manifold and silencer system
  • The vendor demonstrates that the engine idles contently and revs freely
The mechanical restoration included:
  • Rebored, new pistons, camshaft, followers, valves and springs 
  • Water pump gaskets and seals replaced
  • New throttle cable fitted
  • All fuel lines were replaced with stainless steel sheathed rubber items
  • Fuel tank cleaned and repainted
  • Refurbished glass-topped fuel pump fitted
  • Gearbox overhauled using new gaskets and seals and new ring gear fitted
  • New clutch assembly and slave cylinder
  • Stanpart adapter and remote gear change overhaul using new springs bearings and seals
  • Radiator cleaned and repainted
  • High-flow thermostatically controlled fan fitted
  • New coolant hoses
  • New wiring harness
  • High-load relays were used where required
  • New regulator, refurbished dynamo and starter motor
  • Brake refurbishment included new front calipers, pads and pins, rear cylinders and shoes
  • New clutch and brake master cylinders
  • New Goodridge hoses and copper pipes
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Auction Details
  • Year 1961
  • Make Lotus
  • Model Super Seven
  • Colour Multicolour
  • Mileage
  • Engine size 1500
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Westbury on Severn
  • County Gloucestershire
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
15 Bids from 8 bidders
  • golden_•••• £15,750 12/07/24
  • elf63 £15,500 12/07/24
  • wags2e £15,250 12/07/24
  • golden_•••• £15,000 12/07/24
  • Beezerb•••• £14,500 12/07/24
  • expedit•••• £14,000 12/07/24
  • Beezerb•••• £13,500 12/07/24
  • expedit•••• £13,000 11/07/24
  • Beezerb•••• £12,500 11/07/24
  • expedit•••• £11,000 10/07/24

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