1960 LOTUS 7 early Series 1 SEVEN ( built 1960 ) 1098cc BMC A engine

1960 Other Makes early LOTUS 7 with IRS Series 1 Seven

Technical specifications of Other Makes early LOTUS 7 with IRS Series 1 Seven 1960

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Item location: Vinemont, Alabama, United States
Make: Other Makes early LOTUS 7 with IRS
Model: Series 1 Seven
Year: 1960
Mileage: 999
VIN: L563/763
Engine size: 1098cc Sprite BMC A engine
Transmission: 4 speed Ribcage case with all synchro
Vehicle Title: Clean
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Car description


Now at age 77, after many years of restoring and driving old race cars,I am retiring from the restoration business, and being encouraged by my family to sell most of my cars, and huge stock of Vintage parts.
Re-listed here on ebay with lower price and without reserve,
This is a 1960Series OneSeven with the RARE aluminum slant nose.please note that this car does not have a Lotus cowl tag attached.It DOES have the correct Lotus Series 1 frame ID tag, manufactured in Jan-Mar 1960
IF it had complete documentation for the UK Lotus Register, it would NOT be sold for this LOW PRICE
It has a Lotus 26 Independant Rear Differential and although it appears to have been originally built that way,at this time it is uncertain whether it may have been converted to an IRS car in the mid 60's


this Lotus is also for sale at our shop, and this listing may be ended at any time
ALL REASONABLE OFFERS to add a " Buy it Now " will be considered.
Please note, as seen in the pictures, this Lotus has a current Vintage Tag and is registered and insured by Haggerty for road use.Although it will make a transfer easy, the car may not be fully highway legalin your areaas it presently is.
Export is easy to most any destination, as the Documentation includes both SCCA Logbook # 28-01, and current Alabama Certificate of Registration as a Vintage Vehicle.
VIN isL563/763which is the Lotus Frame Number
SCCA Logbook # 28-016

We located this Vintage Lotus in Phoenix Arizona a few years ago. It was brought to Arizona many years ago by the now deceased owner who retired there, moving from Ohio, where he had raced it as Formula C and Canada Class.
Originally powered by a Ford 100E for Club racing in the UK, it was converted to a BMC "A" when it was brought to Canada and raced in the Detroit areaeventually coming to Northern Ohio in the US.
Many have looked it over carefully, and to all, it appears it is likely one of several non-homologated cars built by Lotus with IRS, as there is no evidence that the frame was modified after the frame had been built by Progress for Lotus, and there is nothing indicating it ever had fenders.It is well known that a half dozen or so non-homologated 7 type IRS cars were built at Lotus.
According to reliable UK sources, the frame is a Progress chassis built in Jan-March 1960, and has the correct Progress Lotus # plate L563/763( Progress was the first builder of the Seven Series 1 frames for Lotus at that time,beforeArch Mfg, who built the later frames..)
It has the Williams & Pritchard Series One Alloyveryrarealuminum slant nose built for Lotus, not one of the later fiberglass noses.
It has IRS with the Lotus differential that was developed for the Elan.Design and development of the Elan began in 1958 with Ron Hickman at Lotus. Lotus records for Series one cars are sparse, but we continue to research as to whether this frame may have been built in 1960 as a mule for the new IRS differential, prior to the public introduction of the Elan, or whether it was converted to IRS in the mid 60's.

As to it's current 'restored' condition, the car is pictured in the 1970's in Dennis' book " Legend of the Seven " and today still presents itself very much as pictured in the 1970's. Numerous pictures of the car "when found, and during 'restoration' come with the car.
Unlike many of the old Sevens, this car has NO frame rust problems or rust repair, as it likely has been indoors it's entire life
Many years ago, the original hood (bonnet) was professionally replaced to accommodate the carbs on the BMC engine. In 2017 we replaced the dash to accomodate newer instruments, rather than modifying the original dash, and BOTH the original hood and original dash are included.
It has the very rare Lotus Series One alloy slant nose by Williams & Pritchard for Lotus, and original alloy fuel tank by Williams & Pritchard.
The 60 spoke blue wire wheels are the original 15" rear and 13" front, they have Dunlop and Hoosier Vintage race tires, and are included in this sale.


The 60 spoke 13" Silver wire wheels with new Achilles tires are also included, and are appropriate for some preservation events and for street use. Alsoincluded is a new pair of matching Achilles tires in 15" diameter for the rear. We have not acquired 15" wire wheels for them yet, but you can easily find them for TR3's, MGA, Healey, etc.

The Panasport wheels/Toyo Proxes tires with adapters, shown at Halle, are from my other race cars, are NOT included
Also, the transponder and camera if shown, are my personal units and do not come with the car
If you like small bore cars, this oneat only 880 pounds, is exciting to drive, balances well, corners very well, and brakes well.Last year we converted the brake system to a dual system for safety, and added a residual valve. The braking is reliable, and very good, with disc brakes in the front and big drums in the rear.
The engine is a 1098cc Sprite BMC-A engine with flat top pistons, some head work to improve performance a bit, dual SU Carbs, headers, and a lightened flywheel. This gives spirited performance through a BMC Sprite ribcage transmission with synchromesh in all 4 gears.The 'original' BMC A 948cc race engine that was in the car when found, (block,crank,rods andpistons) comes with the car also.It has no significant value.
The Rear Axle assembly is Factory Lotus26 Diff with cast alloy uprights, and has new top quality drive joints from Dave Bean Lotus.
Universals joints in the steering are all new, and the steering is positive.


Sold as "turn key"the car has been thoroughly gone through at the shop for my personal use on track with no expense spared,but as with any vintage car, a complete check should always be done before every use.

The wheels/tires may be different in some pictures, see the description above.



The Car has current Logbooks,
andthe car has current Alabama Vintage Registration and is Insured by Haggerty for road use.
The Registration makes it easy to export, or register in other States, but the car may not be road-legal in your area as it is.

Although it appears no fenders were ever installed, we do have a set of front alloy fenders that are included.


Available at my shop in North Alabama, we have exported many cars to the UK, Europe, Asia, and Down Under,
and can assist with arrangements.


Google ... OldSchool Restorations of North Alabama

see............... http://www.forgottenfiberglass.com/about-us/dave-perry-school-restorations/


and .......... www.race-cardrivers.com/shop.htm

TERMS...
$1000. non-refundable deposit by PayPal at time of bid, and the balance by wire transfer within 5 Days.
Stored inside FREE for up to 60 days if needed ………. after 60 days the cost is $60.00 per month
It may say 'pick up only' but we can arrange shipping almost anywhere.
Available at my shop in North Alabama, we have exported many cars and parts to the UK, Europe, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand,and can assist you with arrangementsper month
. It may say 'pick up only' but we can arrange shipping almost anywhere.
. Available at my shop in North Alabama, we have exported many cars and parts to Europe, Asia, and Down Under,and can assist you with arrangements.
Dave Perry
Google ..................OldSchool Restorations of North Alabama

. SEE... www.race-cardrivers.com/shop.htm

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