Now here's the perfect project with which to while away the long winter evenings - a 'one owner from new' Series 3 Lotus Seven that's running and complete but, by its owner's admission, could do with some modest recommissioning and cosmetic improvement. It's no ordinary Series 3 either, but one of the rare Holbay-engined ones (less than 350 S3s were made, very few of which were Holbay-powered). The other extras specified when the car was ordered new from Lotus agent Caterham Cars in Autumn 1969, were a set of Lotus Dunlop alloy wheels and pair of seat belts. Its specification also included the later, stronger Ford gearbox and Ford rear axle which, together with the hand-built engine, made for a tough reliable version of this iconic breed of Lotus.
In 1989, the powerplant was returned to Holbay and overhauled as a precautionary measure. During the refurbishment it was fitted with a later stronger cylinder block, however, the original unit was retained and is available if required. When new, the alloy body featured a Yellow nosecone and wings but was painted Silver all over around the same time as the engine work was carried out - the colour contrasts well with the car's Black vinyl trim. All parts that have removed, such as the front wings, hood, side screens, rare rear lights, tonneau etc, are being automatically included in the sale. The car also comes complete with its original V5, Lotus Letter of Provenance, letter between Holbay and the owner regarding the overhaul carried out, and a copy of Lotus's hand-written build sheet. The Seven currently indicates a total unwarranted mileage of 40,039 and is considered by the vendor to have 'excellent' engine, 'good' bodywork, paintwork and four-speed manual transmission, and 'average' interior trim. A rare opportunity for the many lovers of Chapman's rightly revered Lotus Seven.