Carole Nash - Cherished Car Insurance Company Classic Car Insurance from Carole Nash, a UK based classic car insurance specialist. Offering affordable car insurance for both classic & modern vehicles. Get a quote today
Call for a Quote
0800 093 2950


Get the thoughts of our
Classic Car bloggers.

Performance Through Lightness: The Lotus Seven



Lotus were known for their ‘performance through lightness’ motto, and perhaps the car that represented it best was the Lotus Seven. Created by company founder Colin Chapman, the Seven had a lightweight body and it doubled as a road legal and clubmans racing car. The original model sold over 2,500 units and it inspired a kit version called a sevenesque roadster. We’ve decided to take a look at the history of this iconic motor.

The magnificent Seven

The Seven got its name from an abandoned Lotus model that would have been entered into the 1952 Formula Two race. It was introduced in 1957 and had a similar tubular frame to the Lotus Mark VI. The Seven came with a Ford 1172 cc side-valve engine, which propelled it from 0 - 60 in sixteen seconds. Combined with nimble handling, the Seven became an effective clubmans racing car.


Lotus needed to keep making money in order to build successful racing cars, and the Seven was never designed for the track. The Super Seven’s introduction in 1960 was based on keeping building costs as low as possible. The Super Seven possessed a 1097 cc Coventry Climax engine, giving the car a racing advantage.

Too fast to race


In 1973, Lotus had established itself as the most innovative Formula 1 constructor, but the Seven no longer fit with the luxury direction Chapman wanted for his company. He sold the production rights to Caterham Cars and they kept the traditional Seven design for almost a decade. By 1976, the RAC had banned the Seven from racing in the UK because it kept winning. This inspired Caterham to product t-shirts that read ‘too fast to race.’


The first major change to the Seven came in 1985 with the inclusion of the De Dion back axle. In 1986, the engine was updated to a 170 bhp Cosworth BDR. The 1990s saw the introduction of the 1.4 K-series and Seven JPE, with the latter setting a new 0 - 60 world record of 3.44 seconds.


The Lotus Seven’s design was so popular that it inspired many imitations on the kit car market and a lot of them are produced to this day. Some of the models include the Almac Clubsprint, Fraser Clubman, Hispano Aleman, DAX Rush, Lucalia Clubman and Hauser.

0 0
<< Back to Blog Overview

Carole Nash - The care it deserves. 0800 093 2950. Ts and Cs apply.

Save up to 41% with Multi Classic Car Insurance

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri 9.00am - 7.00pm

Sat 9.00am - 5.00pm

Carole Nash Insurance Consultants Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, firm reference number 307243. You can check this on the Financial Services Register by visiting their website on or by contacting them on 0800 111 6768.

†Multi-Classic Car savings are based on an average customer saving 41% when compared to buying three separate Carole Nash policies.  Average customer = 57 year old male driving a 1965 MG B; a 1973 MG B and a 1972 MG Midget.  Savings accurate as of 1.7.2016.

Carole Nash Insurance Consultants Ltd is regulated by the Ministry of Justice in respect of regulated claims management activities; its registration is recorded on the website
Carole Nash is a trading style of Carole Nash Insurance Consultants Ltd, registered in England and Wales No 2600841. England and Wales. VAT registration no: 504684154.

Online sales and quotation service is currently only available to UK and Ireland customers. Calls may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.

© Carole Nash Insurance Consultants Ltd. All rights reserved.