Value My Clas­sic

WHO John Hardie WHAT 1972 Lo­tus Seven S4 MILES 36,000 PROVE­NANCE Once owned by Olympic skier MODS Hot en­gine, roll cage HOW MANY LEFT 51

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT?

I got it in De­cem­ber 1993 from a pri­vate seller in Aviemore for £4500. I’ve since stripped it and fit­ted a new pow­der-coated and rust­proofed chas­sis. The old one now hangs on the garage wall. The car’s been rewired, I’ve had the seats re­uphol­stered and the al­loy wheels re­fur­bished. The body was re­painted in Fer­rari Rosso Corsa though I re­tained the gold bon­net colour it came with. A dash­board glass­fi­bre sec­tion from Red­line of Cater­ham was in­serted, restor­ing the orig­i­nal gauge lay­out. The side screens were re­built.

HOW MUCH HIS­TORY?

There’s a list of all the pre­vi­ous own­ers from the DVLA and all the old MoTs have been kept. It had pre­vi­ous own­ers in both Dorset and Devon.

WHAT’S LEFT TO DO ON IT?

Just get the fire ex­tin­guish­ers back into test date and drive it.

HAS IT BEEN MOD­I­FIED?

I’ve fit­ted a Vul­can 711M 1700cc en­gine with For­mula Ford-type al­loy head, fast road cam and light­ened fly­wheel. This has been dyno’d show­ing 105bhp at the wheels. It’s also had a Raceco light­weight ti­ta­nium side ex­haust and a Safety De­vices rollcage. The ra­di­a­tor has been up­rated with an ex­tra core, there’s a new lim­ited-slip diff (the chas­sis num­ber in­di­cates an RS diff was fit­ted orig­i­nally) and I’ve fit­ted Wil­lans seat belts.

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