Lot 668: Westfield SE Sports
Continuing the concept of a basic road/competition car for the enthusiast established successfully by the MkVI, Lotus�s most enduring model - the Seven - arrived in 1957 and, much developed and modified, continues in production today courtesy of Caterham Cars. Moving up-market, Lotus ceased manufacturing the Seven themselves in 1973, but the idea was too good to waste and production was officially continued by Caterham. Other manufacturers shared this enthusiasm for the Seven, Westfield included, a situation that led to Caterham�s successful court action against them in 1987. Tooling for the SE model was removed and Westfield forced to come up with a new design - the SEi - that was sufficiently different from Caterham�s to avoid further litigation.
This Westfield was first registered in 1992, although the chassis number would appear to indicate a manufacturing date of 1988. The engine is a 1,700cc Ford cross-flow breathing via twin-choke Dell�Orto carburettors, while the gearbox is a five-speed unit. The car was purchased by the immediately preceding owner in October 1993 and by the vendor in December 2002, although it was not registered in his name until Match 2003. Since acquisition the car has been fitted with a Westfield �short shift� remote gearchange and a set of four new Yokohama tyres, but has seen relatively little use, which is why it is for sale. Said to start and run well, the vehicle is offered with current MoT certificate and Swansea V5.
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Bonhams, Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£4140|
|Registration number||RPO 3177|
|Engine number||Q789 DPF|
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