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  1. Some have said the original plates on S2s are the ones from Lotus Components, like this example from a 62 S2 that I found on an auction site. Has anyone seen or found anything definitive in this regard? I know Elites and Elans of the same era had plates similar to mine above, and some had plates like this - so my suspicion is that they were likely both used on Sevens, as well. Some have also said the originals were all inscribed, not stamped. I've read somewhere (but can't find it now) that early on (for Elites and Elans, at least), the plates were attached to the bod
  2. Good luck in your search, Kevin - they are special cars, indeed!
  3. As I recall, it started with the S1s with the Coventry Climax engines. With the S2, Super Seven was used for the Cosworth-modified 1500 engines (both the 109E and 116E, I think). All S3s were "Super Sevens". S4s were not, until Caterham took over - and I think they used Super Seven since they couldn't use the Lotus logo.
  4. Good idea - and if enough input on this perhaps a subsequent thread on other ways to identify cars and bits by era and maker. And I agree with @eatonhong and @Croc completely.
  5. The 1962 Seven Project on BAT (https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1962-lotus-seven-4/) has raised a discussion about "official" vs repro or even counterfeit ID plates. To help those who might consider buying an early Lotus Seven one day, I thought it might be useful to gather information on the topic here. As absolute facts can often be hard to establish with Lotus, I'd like this to be a thread to share not just what is "known" but also what is speculated, rumor, and even wives tale. Perhaps enough information can be gathered in 1 place to at least assist in discernment. It doesn
  6. I would not be surprised if this is the original chassis, but it has definitely been modified and strengthened. Without the plate and history, which the seller admits to not having, it could never be validated as an original Lotus. There are plenty of other indicators it is a collection of parts (dash and gauges are incorrect - the presence of the 2:1 manifold and carb make me suspect the dual webers and manifolds are aftermarket - and I think the correct bellhousing would have been the unribbed variety), but it could make a heckuva fun "bitsa" Seven. Lots of work to be done, though, and co
  7. ... and from the lotus7register site: S1 WEIGHTS: Pre-October 1959: Original 100E Ford model without spare wheel - 725lbs and Export 100E Ford model with spare wheel - 822lbs. October 1959: Ford 100E model - 918lbs and BMC "A" Series model - 896lbs. S2 WEIGHTS: Weight given in Owner's Manual 924lbs. However road test reports give: "A" Series car 960lbs. - 105E car 957lbs. - 109E car from 952/1015lbs. - 116E car from 1008/1064lbs. S3 WEIGHTS: None given in Owner's Manual. However road tests give the following:- Autosport 1969 - Lotus Seven
  8. Lotus Seven Register - Home Page (lotus7register.co.uk) - a series of articles on the history under Lotus, by John Watson.
  9. Test- fit the gearbox and final checks... hopefully back in the car in a couple weeks.
  10. Great article, thanks for sharing Anker. Interestingly, the very same COSCO Vietnam was loaded just a few weeks later, the first week in December 2019, with a 1965 Seven in Southampton, to embark on an 18-day journey through European and US ports before arriving in Savannah, GA. So, that ship has carried at least 2 RHD Sevens from the UK to the States! My import process was similarly easy, and registration process similarly challenging. In my case, the NC DMV took nearly 12 months and a full-on records search and inspection by the theft department before it was final
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