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1964 Lotus Series II Super Seven

Excerpts from Actual Appraisal by Steve Cram

Exterior color original:
Polished aluminum (unpainted).

Exterior color current:
Orange with dark blue stripe.

Interior configuration current:
All black - seats, panels, rugs and dash board.

Tops:
Black soft top, black tonneau.

Speedometer reading:
59,000 miles

Equipment/miscellaneous:
1500 cc 4-cyl engine/multiple carburetion, manual 4-speed, close-ratio transmission, right-hand drive.

Condition:
Using the traditional rating scale for vintage and/or collector cars of 1 to 5 (1, mint/show/perfect/excellent; 2, very good; 3, good; 4, fair; 5, poor/rough/basket case; (add 6 for junk)), this unusually good survivor is in high #2 very good condition or B+ on the report card. Most survivors have been raced hard, this one has apparently not. Appraiser has not seen an example in this condition for at least 10 years.

Exterior:
Unusually good physical specimen with minimal impacts and rust. Evidence of better-than-average care through the years. Repainted in bright orange, paint now #2 high condition. Chrome and glass in #1, same for lenses. Grommets & seals #2 high; tires #4 (could be replaced), mags high #2.

Interior:
Unusually good condition with #1 condition for seats and panels; dash fascia #2. All instruments and systems work as they should. Interior hardware, steering wheel/column all high #2 condition. Very attractive and a VERY much better-than-average presentation.

Top:
Soft top and tonneau in high #2 order with all snaps, bows and struts (and receivers) as they should be.

Engine compartment:
Completely detailed and in superb show condition, #1. Electronics and body wiring also #1. Cooling system #3.

Undercarriage:
Frame #3, no evidence of any skirmishes ever. Appears to be very straight. Muffler/exhaust system very good, same for gas tank, rear end, drive line as well as suspension components and steering system (all very tight making for fine handling).

Mechanics:
Car started quickly, warmed up rather slowly (normal) and then performed superbly through all ranges tested. All powertrain high #2 very good condition.

History:
The original "club racer" in as pure sports car form as you will ever see. Lots of visual pizzazz with superb handling, simplicity of design and great individuality. Production run was 1957 thru 1980 with variations in equipment and engine bhp output. Sadly, most went to the race track and were endlessly abused and altered. Finding one in good condition to work with is becoming difficult; ultra fine survivors such as this one are very very rare.

Original delivery and history of this car is not known. Car spent some time in Fresno, California and then to seller in 1981. Great monies and time were spent on what appears to be very meticulous maintenance and restorations. Very original car except for rear end and tail lights. Box of spares indicates some racing history in the past but apparently a very limited one.

Note:
This is the best surviving high #2 Super Seven Lotus the appraiser has seen in at least 10 years, probably more.

Price range for this model in this condition:
$23,000 - $29,000.

Price for this vehicle as in the appraisal:
$26,000.

Minimum recommended insurance:
$26,000 replacement (if you can find one).


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