Lot 263 - 1971 Lotus Seven Mk. IV
|Estimate||£10,000 - £15,000|
|Result||Sold - £12,320|
The Lotus Seven was launched in 1957 after the Lotus Eleven was in limited production. The Seven name was left over from a model that was abandoned by Lotus and would have been a Riley-engined, single-seater that Lotus intended to enter into Formula Two in 1952. However, the car was completed around Chapman's chassis as a sports car by its backers and christened the Clairmonte Special. The Lotus Seven S2 followed in 1960 and was supplemented by the Lotus Super Seven S2 from 1961. The Super Seven initially used the larger Cosworth modified 1,340cc Ford Classic engine and later examples were fitted with 1,498cc or 1,599cc engines. The Seven S3 was released in 1968 and in 1970, Lotus radically changed the shape of the car to create the slightly more conventional sized Series 4 (S4), with a squarer fibreglass shell replacing most of the aluminium bodywork. It also offered some 'luxuries' as standard, such as an internal heater matrix.
A stunning three-owner from new, this Lotus 7 has been the subject of a meticulous restoration over an 18 month period by a respected lotus expert. The tubular steel space frame chassis was chemically dipped and any suspect tubes replaced before being etched primed and painted in gloss black. The fiberglass body shell was hand sanded down to the gel coat and repainted in the original specification of tangerine orange. The Lotus twin-cam engine was rebuilt with new rings, bearings, valves, oil pump with the clutch and gearbox overhauled. A new wiring loom was installed, interior re-trimmed and refurbished period/optional Dunlop D1 wheels fitted running Yokohama A539 tyres. This 1971 Lotus 7 is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in November 2016, a picture album of the restoration and a small history file. A genuine Lotus 7 that sounds incredible and drives superbly with looks to match.