20th Oct, 2022 15:00

The Fast Road Sale @ Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 339

1969 Lotus 7 S3
Highly original example to 'Supersprint' specification

Lot details

Registration No: TDD 354H
Chassis No: SB2541
MOT: Exempt

  • 1 of just c.340 Series 3s made
  • 'TDD 354H' left the factory on the 17th of October 1969
  • Recent restoration
  • Understood to retain its original factory bodywork
  • Factory-fitted engine overhauled to 'Supersprint' (1700cc) specification
  • It comes with a history file

Typifying the maxim that a whole can be greater than the sum of its parts, the Lotus Seven was introduced at the 1957 Earls Court Motor Show. Based around a multi-tubular spaceframe chassis, the aluminium-panelled newcomer was powered by a choice of Ford 100E, Coventry Climax FWA or BMC A-series engines. Popular with sporting motorists and club racers alike, the Lotus Seven evolved through Series 2, 3 and 4 guises before the design rights were sold to Caterham in 1973.

Looking at Lotus Register information, it indicates 'TDD 354H' left the factory on the 17th of October of 1969 and was first registered in Gloucestershire of that year. 1 of just c.340 Series 3 Lotus 7s made, before production ceased in 1969, this pretty example still possesses 'in-period' features. 'TDD' has benefitted from a recent restoration, however, it remains a notably correct car with what we understand to be its original factory bodywork throughout, original Lotus 7 steering wheel, road wheels and even windscreen bolts etc.

An extensive history file documents the car over the decades with many receipts reflecting sensitive upgrades and maintenance and they include invoices from Caterham Cars. Amongst the receipts are those for; a rev' counter repair in 2013 and a carburettor rebuild kit; new starter motor; new seat belts and a new manifold in 2015. Around this time a modified Ford Crossflow head was made to 1.580 x 1.340 with hardened seats. As part of the file, there are old MOT certificates dating back to the 1980s, along with an old 'Blue' V5 document. A notebook documents the car through maintenance entry notes from 10,766 miles up to 83,575 miles! The factory-fitted engine has been thoroughly overhauled to 'Supersprint' (1700cc) specification and still requires running-in. The car is offered complete with the current V5C.

For more information, please contact:
Mike Davis
07718 584217


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Auction: The Fast Road Sale @ Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 20th Oct, 2022

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Tuesday 18th October 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
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