Road car for the race or race car for the road?

Today’s selection is a 1959 Lotus Super Seven which has been owned by the same person for 40 years, driving both on the road and, for 30 years, in motor racing.

“I don’t know of any other Super 7 in the world that can compare,” the owner says in the car’s announcement on “Super fast and comfortable ride, excellent handling.

“The last time he raced with the VSCCA, at the Vintage Grand Prix of Pittsburgh on the streets, in the fastest class (Sports/Racers and Formula Cars), he finished 3rd behind a very fast Elva Mk V , the fastest Lotus 18 Fm Junior, and ahead of all the Lotux XI and Lola Mk 1, nothing including trams.

Colin Chapman and his company Lotus Engineering produced the Super 7 from 1957 to 1972, after which Caterham bought the design rights and continues to produce them. Chapman’s goal was a lightweight two-seater that could be enjoyed on the road but would also win on the race track.

The car offered comes with a 1485cc Coventry Climax FWB engine with new steel crankshaft, steel Carrillo connecting rods, forged JE pistons, polished and gas-ported head, new steel racing camshaft , a lightweight flywheel, a finned alloy crankcase, a high capacity clutch. , steel timing gears, twin 40 DCOE Weber carburettors and other upgrades.

The seller claims the engine has done less than 3,000 miles since its rebuild, which has seen it produce around 135 horsepower “with tons of torque.” And a rev limiter to keep it all together!”

The engine is “mated to an alloy-cased BMC gearbox with straight-cut, close-ratio gears. LSD with 4.2 final drive, steel competition axle shafts. All components are “best of the best” and perform well for race and road use,” the seller adds.

The nine-inch finned alloy drum brakes have high-performance Kevlar shoes, dual master cylinders and an adjustable balance car while the suspension is also adjustable for camber and ride height. The car comes with two sets of 600 spoke wheels, one with radials for road use and the other with Dunlop 500L15 racing tyres.

Lotus Super 7, Lotus Super 7: Road car for the race or race car for the road?, Journal

For road use there is a top and side curtains, tonneau cover, factory heater, stereo, working headlights, brake lights, wipers and horns.

The seller adds that the car has been driven throughout the Northeast and Canada and also raced in the Bahamas.

The car is for sale for $75,000.

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