Produced: 1957-1960, 250 produced.
Types: Sports
The first cars made by Colin Chapman were sold as a Lotus VI but production did not really get under way until the Seven appeared.  The customers could choose between a kit or ready-to-run car.  After about 3,000 had been sold, Colin Chapman sold the rights in the Seven to Caterham Cars (q.v.).
Source: Motorbase
1172ccS4 SVFord Sidevalve63.5mm x 92.456mm
948ccS4 OHVBMC A-Series62.92mm x 76.2mm
1500ccS4 DOHCCoventry Climax
Drivetrain and Suspension
DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
85 mph30 mpg
Auction Sales History
Description Auctioneer Date Hammer Price Hammer Price
(inc premium)
429 Lotus Replica MK6 (1995) Coys 20 Nov 1997 Not sold
069 Lotus Eleven SII (1958) Christies 18 Aug 1996 - $52900.00
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Article Top 10 Drivers' Cars
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Publication Practical Classics June 2011
Top 10 Drivers' Cars - Richard Gunn gets to grips with 10 of 'the most engaging and involving classics of all time'.  But will you agree with his choices?  Mini MKI, Lotus Seven S1-S4, VW Gold MKII GTI 8V, Audi Quattro, Porshe 911, Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6, Jaguar E0Type S1, Alfa Romeo Alfasud, Mazda MX-5, Bentley.
Article The essence of Lotus
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Publication Classic Cars March 2010
The essence of Lotus - Lotus made its name by breeding into its cars a surreal blend of handling, feel and supple ride.  We test six definitive models to discover which one distils the magic best.  1960 Lotus Seven Series 1, 1961 Lotus Elite, 1971 Lotus Elan Sprint, 1969 Lotus Europa Series 2, 1985 Lotus Esprit Turbo, 2000 Lotus Elise Sport 160.
Article 2005 Classic Car of the year
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Publication Classic Cars June 2005
2005 Classic Car of the year  - Eight cars made it to the first ever Classic Car of the Year final, each with its own exceptional restoration story.  With four cars competing in the professional class and four in the amateur class, there would be two  winners.  Which would you choose? 1934 Austin Ten-Four Cabriolet, 1962, Jaguar E-type S1 3.8 fhc, 1959 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport, 1959 Lotus Seven Climax, 1963 Lotus Elite Super 95, 1923 Daimler D16 Sleeve-valve Landaulet, 1935 Citroen Traction Avant 11an Faux Cabriolet.
Article British invasion
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Publication Classic Car Mart March 2010
British invasion - Classic Car Mart visits San Francisco and gets the chance to drive three very special Lotuses.
Article Shine a light
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Publication Classics Monthly January 2009
Shine a light- Found in a sorry state with a variety of materials tacked on, this Lotus is gleaming once more.
Article Timewarp classics: No 18 - Lotus Seven: 1957
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 29 June 2006
Timewarp classics: No 18 - Lotus Seven: 1957 - Britain has seen hundreds of kit-cars over the years, but only one has become a true legend.  ANDREW ROBERTS takes us back, back, back to 1957 and Colin Chapman;s stroke of minimalist genius that was the Lotus Seven.
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