1966 Lotus Super Seven: Hangar Find

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Oh mama, I’d like to own this. The old-school, Series 1/2 Sevens just look like the most fun you could possibly have on 4 wheels. This 1966 example here on eBay appears to be a real-deal survivor that’s been locked up in an airplane hangar since 1986. Their light-weight epitomized the Lotus approach to building cars, and this S2 benefits from the upgraded power of the Cosworth-modified twin-cam Super Seven powerplant. The seller claims it runs fairly well despite its long-term storage, and the bodywork certainly seems in good order. You’ll need some seats before you go racing, but don’t you dare swap out those hubcaps – they look perfect as-is. The seller mentions he has numerous other sports cars going up for auction, including this Porsche 914, making it an entertaining eBay account to watch whether you want to buy the little Lotus or not.

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Comments

  1. RayT Member

    The fans are already jacking up the price, though I can’t say I blame ’em. If this is anywhere near as sweet as it appears to be, I’d happy drop $12K on it!

    I have only driven Caterhams, and have heard the originals are a bit more, shall we say, problematic. Doesn’t matter; there’s nothing as fun as a Seven on a crisp Fall day! And few, if any, road-legal cars are simpler.

    I’ve never seen one of this vintage with the twincam, but I’m far from an expert. I know the later, ‘glass-bodied cars had them. Since I prefer the early body shape, whoever plugged the Lotus engine into it did the eventual owner a major favor.

    Restore it! These need to be shiny!

    Oh, and that looks like a Healey 100 behind it, though I sense that one has been modified considerably (sbc, maybe?). If it were original and decent, it’d be a difficult choice for me….

    • Alan (Michigan)

      And, is that a Pantera behind the Suzuki 500?

      No, wait… Make that TWO Panteras. One up on stands, one behind that sitting on the tires.

  2. randy

    I rarely click on the old foreign car barnfinds, as they are not my bag, but I am very happy I clicked on this one. What a beauty!

  3. Mark E

    If this was mine, OF COURSE I’d paint it british racing green with a yellow nose, slap registration plates KAR 120C and never, EVER drive it unless I was wearing a black turtleneck & sport coat! ^_^

    Oh and PS, I am not a number, I am a FREE MAN!

    • Mark E

      Oh wait! I just figured out how to do a screen cap of my imagination…

    • jim s

      yes.

    • dj

      Where am I?
      In the Village.
      What do you want?
      Information
      Whose side are you on?
      That would be telling.
      We want information….Information…INFORMATION!!!
      You won’t get it.
      By Hook or by Crook, we will.

  4. jim s

    if the owner does not put air in the Suzuki tires soon it will fall off the sidestand. the seven needs to back on the road/autocross course. i would love to do the Skyline Drive in/on either. great finds

  5. jim s

    i like the new first page layout and so does my computer. you might think about adding the comment totals to first page so we know which ones we want to revisit. thanks.

  6. gunningbar

    This will be FUN!

  7. Gerald Elliott

    The Lotus Super 7 SS were the only one’s designed for the TwinCam and only 13 of these were built. This car is using the engine mounts for the earlier super 7’s and you can tell by how far ahead the engine sits without the benefit of the modified nose piece. I know this as I have mine in my shop in the middle of being restored.
    In mine the engine had been set back so as to clear the nose and I assume for better weight distribution when she was raced in the UK. Another unique of mine is the 5 link rear suspension with 4 long lateral bars which connect to the car’s side frame 1/2 way along the cockpit . Plus uses a Panhard rod. Once mine is completed it will be up for sale as an SS clone.
    Gerald Elliott
    Elliott Racing

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