The steering wheel was donated by Caterham Cars during restoration and we have been told it came off a Lotus in the Caterham historic collection. The wheel was custom built for Lotus by Moto-Lita probably in the 50es. We would be most interested in hearing from anyone who knows more about this steering wheel – including which car it came off.
With their leather trim and almost comfortable shape, the seats on SB2237 are far from original specification. Apart from their nice look and feel, as they were made by an upholsterer in Hong Kong they are a part of the car’s history.
As can be seen on the pictures, not only the seats, but also the dash, side panels and piping are black, but although this is somewhat unusual it was how some of the late production S2s where delivered.
Our 7 was manufactured in the Norwich factory where Elises are done nowadays. However, many (most?) Sevens were produced in the Cheshunt factory in the Great London Area.
A visit September 2008 confirmed that the old Lotus buildings are still there. The Lotus main building is now a plastics factory and the building where Lotus Components resided is now a fitness center. The buildings as such seem unaltered, even the winch where they lowered the Sevens from the first floor remains, as does the ramp of the Lotus factory.
In September 2007 we took our Lotus 7 to the 50 Years Celebration in Norwich. The longest journey we have ever done with it, so we were quite excited to see if we had cured all the minor engine problems, so we could get back safe. To our delight, the car performed excellently, with acceptable oil consumption.
The event itself was a big venture which we enjoyed a lot. The focus of the celebration, the 7, outshone the rather casual planning and made it a memorable tour for us. It was indeed impressive to watch the showground carpark with more than 300 Sevens, Caterhams and Loti.
The highlight of the event, we think, was the exhibition with Lotus cars from all years, beginning with the Sixes up to the end of production of the Seven in 1973.
We also enjoyed the visit to the Lotus factory and the morning blat to Sandringham Castle where the picture of our Lotus was taken. It evidently shines among compatriots. A very memorable journey, indeed.