1968 Lotus Seven

OWNERS NAME: John &  Celia Layzell
YEAR: 1968
MAKE: Lotus
MODEL: Seven
SUB MODEL: Series 3 Argentina Specification

The Lotus Seven is a small, simple, lightweight, two-seater, open-top, open-wheel, sports car produced by the British manufacturer Lotus Cars between 1957 and 1972.
It was designed by Lotus founder Colin Chapman and has been considered the embodiment of the Lotus philosophy of performance through low weight and simplicity. The original model was highly successful with more than 2,500 cars sold, due to its attraction as a road legal car that could be used for clubman racing.
After Lotus ended production of the Seven, Caterham bought the rights and today Caterham makes both kits and fully assembled cars based on the original design known as the Caterham 7.
The Lotus Seven design has spawned a host of imitations on the kit car market, generally called Sevens or Sevenesque roadsters.
This Lotus Series 3 Re-creation space frame chassis was built in the late-1970s by two enthusiasts in Massachusetts. The original Lotus 7 Series 3 chassis numbers were SB2311 to SB2649. These numbers were
assigned between September 1968 and January 1970 by the space frame chassis makers in the United Kingdom: Universal Radiator Company or Arch Motors. Left hand drive cars had either SBL or LSB prefixes. To completely differentiate from the original 4-digit chassis numbers, the space frame chassis was assigned a 1969 Lotus Series 3 “continuation” 5-digit frame number LSB 12863.
The engine, 5-speed gearbox, rear axle and 4-wheel disc brakes are all from a 1973 Fiat 124 Spider. The nose cone and four fiberglass fenders were sourced from Caterham. A total of 47 Argentinian Lotus 7s were built between 1970 and 1975, with the final eight or so offered with the classic 1.6-litre Lampredi twin-cam, as is in this re-creation.