Wed, 20th Apr 2016 13:30

Imperial War Museum Duxford

 
  Lot 67
 

1962 Lotus Seven S2

Sold for £26,438

(including buyers premium)


Lot details
Registration No: NCM 320
Chassis No: SB1459
Mot Expiry: July 2016

By their very nature Lotus / Caterham Sevens tend to get well used and often abused, so to find a 1962 example in fine original fettle with lovely continuous history is rare indeed. 'NCM 320' is, however, the exception that proves the rule. Among the car's massive history file is the original June 1962 invoice from Lotus Components to first owner David Holgate of Birkenhead for the body kit that totalled the princely sum of £260. There is another one of the same date from Racing Engines Ltd for the 1340cc Cosworth power unit, close-ratio gear set, electric fan, sidescreens, tonneau cover, rev-counter, set of Avon Turbospeed tyres, heater unit, sealed beam headlamps, workshop manual and flashing indicators that came to £296 and 5 shillings.

Also among the extensive paperwork is the buff log book that shows how the Lotus passed in relatively quick succession from Holgate to H. O'Brien, D. Aukland, R. Liptrot, and C. Whalley before being acquired by C. Webb of Liverpool in 1972, who retained it for 34 years. Little used for the last five of those, it was then restored by Kelvin Jones Motorsport, with assistance from the original chassis and body manufacturers Arch Motors, and sold by Mike Abbas Classic Cars to the Phillips family for Oliver Phillips to race in HSCC events. The file features numerous bills from RW Racing Services who prepared / improved the car for them, until it passed to marque specialist Paul Matty Cars and was purchased by the vendor in 2009.

Resplendent in Blue with a Yellow nose cone and trimmed in Red vinyl, the little Lotus nowadays rides on Minilite-style alloys and is still powered by the 1498cc pre-Crossflow Cosworth unit that supplanted the original engine back in 1965. A rare opportunity to acquire such a genuine unmolested Seven S2 complete with HSCC Identity Form.

PLEASE NOTE: The estimate on this vehicle is now £24,000 - 28,000.
 

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