LOTUS SEVEN REGISTER
the web site for the
Seven made by Lotus between 1957 and 1973
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~ Introduction ~
The idea of this web page is as a source of reliable information for owners and would be owners of Lotus Sevens [Series One to Four - 1957 to 1973]. All information on the site is taken from original Lotus sales brochures, Lotus factory records, Lotus Seven Owners Manuals and the catalogues of the companies that supplied Lotus then. Where possible the cars pictured are thought to be in original or near original condition or of original specification.
As ever, we are always learning so if you have any specialist or insider knowledge concerning the manufacturer or racing of the Lotus Seven, I would be very glad to hear from you. Further I would welcome any additions, suggestions or constructive criticisms regarding this web site. Finding suitable pictures of original cars has been particularly difficult as they were not originally taken with the web site in mind.
I do not intend any formal acknowledgements, as I pledge confidentiality with all that I do. So I thank all who have items pictured on this site.
Lastly, I am often asked if I know of any Lotus Sevens for sale. Introductions are totally free of charge and without guarantee.
I hope that you find these pages informative and useful.
john w. watson. march 2001
If you are looking to buy or sell a LOTUS SEVEN or you own, have owned, or you are restoring one; you may find the Lotus Sevens List of interest. To subscribe this list, mail email@example.com with the following line in the BODY of the message 'subscribe lotus' for the ordinary version or 'subscribe lotus-digest' for the digest version.
A web site dedicated to owners, previous and current, of Colin Chapman's Lotus Seven. This site contains histories and pictures of various Lotus Sevens from all over the world. [SimpleSevens.com]
|This table gives details of the whereabouts of the cars that are known to the register thus far. Those in the row marked 'Unknown' are cars that have been reported by early owners.|
~ Factory Specification Guide ~
See relevant 'Series' page for more detail.
|FROM:||September 1957||July 1960||August 1968||March 1970|
|NO. BUILT||243 approx.||1310 approx.||340 approx.||670 approx.|
|ENGINES:||Ford 100E s.v. 1172cc.
Climax FWA o.h.c. 1098cc.
BMC "A" Series o.h.v. 948cc
|Ford 100E s.v. 1172cc.
BMC "A" Series o.h.v. 948cc & 1098cc.
Ford 105E o.h.v. 997cc.
Ford 109E o.h.v 1340cc.
Ford 116E o.h.v. 1500cc.
Ford 2255E o.h.v. 1600cc & 1300cc.
|Ford 2255E o.h.v. 1600cc & 1300cc
Lotus Twin-Cam 1558cc (rare, just 13 off)
|Ford 2255E o.h.v. 1600cc & 1300cc
Lotus Twin-Cam 1558cc.
|GEARBOX:||Ford 3 speed
BMC 4 speed
|Ford 3 speed
BMC 4 speed
Ford 4 speed
|Ford 4 speed||Ford 4 speed|
|AXLE:||BMC Nash Metropolitan||(Triumph) Standard 10||Ford Escort Mexico.||Ford Escort Mexico.|
|FRONT BRAKES:||8" Drum||8" Drum
|9" Disc||9" Disc|
|REAR BRAKES:||8" Drum||7" Drum||8" Drum||9" Drum|
|CHASSIS:||Multi Tubular Space Frame||Multi Tubular Space Frame||Multi Tubular Space Frame||Space Frame + Fabrications|
|BODY:||All Aluminium||GRP Nose + Wings, Aluminium Body.||GRP Nose + Wings, Aluminium Body.||GRP Body.|
|WHEELS:||15" Turner type or TR3 steel.
15" MGA type 48 spoke wire.
|13" Triumph Herald steel. 13" bolt-on Lotus Elan steel.||13" Ford Lotus Cortina steel.
13" Dunlop pattern alloy.
|13" Ford Lotus Cortina steel.
13" Brand Lotus alloy.
|MODEL:||SERIES ONE||SERIES TWO||SERIES THREE||SERIES FOUR|
|TYPE||CAP.||BHP @ REVS||TORQUE||C/R||CARBS||1ST DATE|
|Coventry Climax sohc||1098cc.||75bhp @ 6,250rpm||9.8:1||2 x H2
|Ford 100E sv||1172cc.||28bhp @ 4,500rpm||53lb/ft @ 2,500rpm||7.0:1||1 x SD Solex||September 1957|
|BMC "A" Series ohv||948cc.||37bhp @ 4,800bhp||50lb/ft @ 2,500rpm||8.9:1||1 x H2 SD SU||October 1959|
|BMC 'Sprite' ohv||948cc.||43bhp @ 5,200rpm||52lb/ft @ 3,300rpm||8.3:1||2 x H2 SD SU's||October 1959|
|Ford 105E ohv||997cc.||39bhp @ 5,000rpm||53lb/ft @ 2,700rpm||8.9:1||2 x H2 SD SU's||January 1961|
|Ford Cosworth 109E ohv||1340cc.||85bhp @ 5,800rpm||80lb/ft @ 4,000rpm||9.5:1||2 x Weber 40DCOE2||June 1961|
|Ford SCCA Cosworth 109E ohv||1340cc.||85bhp @ 5,800rpm||85lb/ft @ 4,000rpm||10.5:1||2 x Weber 40DCOE2||June 1961|
|Ford 116E Standard ohv||1498cc.||66bhp @ 4,600rpm||79lb/ft @ 2,300rpm||8.3:1||1 x Weber 40DCOE2||September 1962|
|Ford Cosworth 116E ohv||1498cc.||95bhp @ 6,000rpm||95lb/ft @ 4,500rpm||9.5:1||2 x Weber 40DCOE2||September 1962|
|Ford 225E Crossflow ohv||1599cc.||84bhp @ 5,500rpm||91lb/ft @ 3,500rpm||9.0:1||1 x Weber 32DGAV||February 1968|
|Ford 225E Crossflow ohv||1298cc.||72bhp @ 5,500rpm||1 x Weber 32DGAV||August 1968|
|Ford Holbay 225E ohv||1599cc.||120bhp @ 6,200rpm||110lb/ft @ 5,000rpm||10.0:1||2 x Weber 40DCOE2||January 1969|
|Lotus/Ford Twin-Cam||1558cc.||115bhp @ 5,500rpm||108lb/ft @ 4,500rpm||9.5:1||2 x Weber 40DCOE18||October 1969|
|Holbay Lotus/Ford Twin-Cam||1558cc.||125bhp @ 6,200rpm||116lb/ft @ 4,500rpm||9.5:1||2 x Weber 40DCOE18||October 1969|