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1959 Lotus 7 Series 1 SOLD

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Condition: Excellent
Price:  US $38,500  Currency_Convert
Location: Stratford, CT, USA
 

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..Super competitive, race prepared 7. ----------- READY TO RACE COMPETITIVELY............VARA/SVRA/VSCCA/HSR/CASC/VARAC eligible car....currently with VSCCA and CASC log books. Former Canadian (CASC) champion, winner of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, well placed at Lime Rock Vintage Festival events, two second place finishes at the Meadowbrook Historic races. --------------- Restored in 1987, continuously updated and improved, never bent. Excellent tubular space frame chassis, polished alloy body with cycle fenders and polished alloy tonneau. -------------- Two races on virtual state of the art 948 BMC engine, bored to 1027cc, forged high compression pistons, 1300 rods, steel billet crank, aluminum flywheel, full race cam, expensively ported and polished big valve 1275 head, race prepared (bored and polished) H1 SUs, headers, balanced, baffled sump, rim flow valves, 1275 competition clutch, 100 REAL horsepower with a very wide torque band. NOT a peaky race engine. ---------------- Straight cut, close ratio trans, 4.22 and 4.55 diffs (for long or short courses), special racing hardened axle shafts, updated roll bar, fuel cell, dual master brake cylinders, new racing harnesses, etc. etc..... ------------ Wire wheels (60 spoke) with Dunlop vintage race tires ------------- Optical ignition system, oil cooler, quick disconnect battery plug, elec cooling fan, Spax adjustable shocks at all four corners, straight pipe and muffler (for Lime Rock muffled events)..........the list of specifications goes on and on. ---------------- WHAT A CAR! Believe me, I know. Having owned a sister car for thirty years. ------------------ Add a windshield, charging system, and some road tires and have either another road sports car in your collection OR use the public highways for some 'free race testing.' Hey, at the cost of a test day at Lime Rock, saving two track days pays for all of the road equipment! ----------------- Years ago, I actually drove my 7 to Lime Rock (a 80 mile trip), took of the windshield, ran and event (and won!) and drove home. Something you simply cannot do with a pure race car ("no, officer, I must have left the fenders, lights, and windshield for my Caldwell D9 Formula Ford...at home")...and a modest prepared road car that has some race equipment isn't gonna go as fast as this well prepared 7. -------------------- ONE OF ONLY 242 built...a real piece of history. Yet one easily serviced and maintained (hard to believe...a rusted out early Sprite would be able to provide, for this car, a rebuildable engine, trans, back axle, carbs, starter, generator, gauges, electrics, hydraulics, etc....AND you could sell the hood, trunk, seats, windshield, etc. to recoupe your investment...I know, I once did exactly that for my own 7). Amazing, isn't it? ----------------- This is a rare opportunity for someone in racing...to go faster. Or for someone to start being involved in this wonderful hobby. Safe, fast, road capable (this car even has current road registration), and simply beautiful.

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