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1961 Lotus Seven S2 Genuine Lotus, authenticated by Lotus historic register

  • Make: Lotus
  • Model: Seven
  • Type: Convertible
  • Trim: Series 2
  • Year: 1961
  • Mileage: 26321
  • VIN: SB1197
  • Color: Black
  • Engine size: 1500
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: 4 speed
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Drive side: Right-hand drive
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Location: Haddon Heights, New Jersey, United States


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1961 Lotus Seven S2 SB1197, side draft 1500 Cosworth spec, twin Webers, solid rear TR10 axle, front disc brake conversion, rear drum brakes, S3 rear fenders, rear lights and fuel filler. Top, tonneau, side curtains (doors),owner's manual included. Union Jack Exotics in Maryland just completed a re-commissioning to make it safe and roadworthy. Older restoration from the early 1990's. Lotus Seven historian John Watson confirms authenticity as a genuine Lotus. History from new. Could benefit from fine detailing and professional aluminum polishing.


According to the Lotus Seven records SB1197 left their factory premises at Delamare Road, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire as follows:-

• CHASSIS #: SB1197

• FRAME #: U1104


• COLOUR(S): Yellow (& bare aluminium)

• ENGINE #: S229107E (Ford 105E or 100E side-valve)

• CUSTOMER: K. A. H. Curtis

• EX-WOEKS DATE: 05 May 1961.


• Available between January 1961 and early 1968 - 997cc. FORD 105E overhead valve engine with twin side-draughtH2 SU carburettors on Lotus manifold developing 39bhp at 5,000rpm. Compression ratio 8.9:1. Matching 4-speed gearbox using Triumph Herald remote and gear knob with special adaptor plate on most cars but a few 116E gearboxes with Ford GT remote and gear knob at the end of production. Standard ratios 4.118:1, 2.396:1, 1.412:1, 1:1. Reverse 5.404:1. Optional Close ratios (Hobbs?) 2.917:1, 1.696:1, 1.280:1, 1:1. Reverse 3.83:1.

• Available upto late 1962(?) - 1172cc. FORD 100E side-valve engine developing variously between 28bhp and 36bhp at 4,500rpm with either Solex down-draught or twin side-draught SU H2 carburettors on Lotus manifold. Compression 7.1:1. Matching 3-speed gearbox and 100E gearknob. Standard ratios 3.894:1, 2.007:1, 1:1. Reverse 4.79:1. Optional Close ratios ('C' type Buckler gears.) 2.294:1, 1.255:1, 1:1. Reverse 3.42:1.


• SB1197 was registered for the road, 4373 MM on 12th May 1961 in the London area.


• K. A. H. Curtis (UK) 1961,

• Nicholas Haffner (UK) n.d.,

• Henry Kluck (USA) 1974,

• Gary Visher (USA) 1992.

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