1965 Lotus Super Seven Series II

“Low weight, simplicity, two-seats”. That was just about the perfect recipe in the eyes of Lotus founder, Colin Chapman. His business, Lotus Cars, would encompass this brief from 1957 to 1972 with each of the c2,500 Sevens they manufactured.

Our car is a Lotus Super Seven Series II from 1965, and first delivered via Wallace Harper in Hong Kong.  It retains many original features such as the correct early instruments, stamped Serek fuel tank and its original stamped chassis frame.  It houses the 1498cc Ford Pre-Crossflow Cosworth engine which pulls strongly and smoothly, not that it matters when 30mph feels like 80mph because your bum’s that close to the floor…

Our car was in single-ownership in the USA for more than 30 years, residing in Oregon and proudly wearing the registration, simply ‘07’. It was repatriated by a former owner in 2013 and has been exercised regularly but only lightly since this time.

The subject of a restoration in the USA in 1991/2, the engine was in good order, but bearings and rings were replaced as a matter of course nonetheless. There are several undated photographs which we assume to be from the same time showing the aluminium panelling removed from the chassis and the chassis blasted and repainted before the panels were replaced, and the interior (such as it is) re-trimmed and replaced too.

Presented in its simplest, lightest form with correct early instruments it’s a pleasure to offer an Original Lotus, with a Lotus Certificate of Provenance, V5C, MOT and ready to be driven…

Vehicle Description


Registration: YCV 814A
Chassis Number: SB1746
Engine Number: S329850E
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1498cc
Year of Manufacture: 1965
Mileage: 15500