1970 Lotus Seven


  • Superb example of Series 4 Seven
  • Older restoration, in fabulous condition
  • Recent clutch and engine rebuild
  • Fantastic overall condition

The Appeal

Built around the principles of going as quickly as possible with the minimum of weight and fuss, the Lotus Seven is a car that has often been copied but has never been bettered.

Original fitted with an alloy body around a tubular spaceframe, the fourth-generation Seven, introduced in 1970, was the first to employ the use of a single-piece fibreglass body, making it both more spacious and civilised, yet also even lighter than the original.

This one is a very early Series 4, first registered in 1970 and fitted with a 1.6-litre Ford 711M crossflow engine. It’s an older restoration, purchased by the vendor eight years ago. He’s done a lot of mechanical work to the Lotus and was planning to enjoy it, but has just been offered the opportunity to buy his dream car, a Jaguar XK120, so the Seven is up for sale to free up garage space.

It’s a lovely example, with loads of paperwork and recent history, and it comes with full weather equipment. The engine was rebuilt less than 300 miles ago, along with a new clutch and refurbished Weber carburettors.

The History and Paperwork

  • UK V5C
  • MOT, tax and ULEZ exempt
  • Old V5s and documentation including proof of the car spending some time in Belgium at some part of its life, as part of a private collection
  • Selection of more recent invoices documenting work carried out, including over £7,000 spent recently on full engine rebuild and new clutch
  • Build data extract from Lotus Seven Register
  • Ring-bound workshop manual

The Condition

  • Classic Lotus colours – British Racing Green with yellow nose cone
  • Lovely paint finish – no visible dents, marks or damage
  • Four-spoke Ford-derived alloy wheels
  • Quality Uniroyal tyres all-round
  • Single-unit fibreglass body in excellent order with no marks or cracks, nor crazing to the material
  • Chassis appears to be structurally excellent with no signs of any damage or notable corrosion
  • Seats retrimmed in black leather
  • Fully carpeted
  • Comes with full weather equipment including detachable roof and door tops – the vendor has never fitted these as he doesn’t wish to mark the paintwork, but believes them to be complete and in good order
  • Optional heater
  • Billeted alloy gear lever
  • Three-point seatbelts
  • Tonneau cover
  • Spare wheel

The Mechanics

  • 1,599cc Ford Crossflow 711M engine
  • Fast-road cam
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • Engine fully rebuilt less than 300 miles ago
  • New clutch
  • Refurbished twin Weber carburettors
  • According to the vendor, the Lotus runs well with no problems and is a huge amount of fun to drive

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Auction Details
  • Year 1970
  • Make Lotus
  • Model Seven
  • Colour Green
  • Mileage 60,969 Miles
  • Engine size 1599
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Blofield
  • County Norfolk
  • Country United Kingdom
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Bidding history
4 Bids
  • stevens•••• £5,000 19/07/24
  • nikolaj•••• £3,000 18/07/24
  • Humpty•••• £1,200 18/07/24
  • ian_1 £500 18/07/24

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