There is a choice of engines which can provide up to 130 HP giving a 0-60 mph time of around five seconds and a top speed of around 100 mph depending on axle ratio. The Lotus Seven was Colin Chapman’s seventh design for Lotus and the car was introduced with independent front suspension and a solid rear axle at the Earls Court Motor Show in London in 1957. This car, chassis # 416 is a 1958 Series 1 with a 998 cc BMC engine by John Leslie. It runs with an 11:1 compression ratio and drives through a Jack Night 4 speed all synchro rib case gearbox. The clutch is from a 1275 Sprite and the axle is a Ford Cortina with a ratio of 5.10:1. Finned alloy drum brakes are fitted to all four wheels. The current owner has raced the car for the past 15 years. The installed engine, fresh in 2009, has seen only 5 races. The short block original engine is being sold with the car.