Lotus Seven Matters

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Sir,
The letter from Mr. M.C. Mercer in last month’s issue was of particular interest to me as during the last three years I have owned two Lotus Sevens. My latest Seven is the 1500 Cosworth model. My younger brother also owns a 1500 Seven, and we both have a number of friends who own Sevens of various types in the south of Hampshire.

Unfortunately, we have all found that assembly of these cars has taken considerably longer than advertised, and often parts are missing or do not fit properly. The Spare Parts Dept. at Lotus are often out of spares, and having to wait two to three weeks is not unusual. Although on some occasions delivery of parts has been very prompt, and I have found the same department very helpful at answering any technical queries. I would also like to add that whenever I have visited the factory and asked for a demonstration run I have always been given one with only a few minutes’ wait.

I also find the car tremendous fun to own and drive. It does, of course, represent excellent performance for money value. The latest versions are very much more comfortable than many people seem to believe. Having to supply and fits one’s own fuel gauge and external petrol filler cap (made up from tractor spares!) is, to say the least, annoying. I also feel that the seats could be greatly improved. Apart from the usual breakage of fan blades, half-shafts, and occasional cracking of the axle casing, the car has proved fairly reliable and cheap to run. As I am very much an enthusiast, I am able to overlook these shortcomings, and look forward to the day when I can afford an Elan.

Chandlers Ford. P.A. Bisset.