*This is a translation done by a machine.
A famous sports car, Lotus in the UK. It was founded in the early 1950s by genius engineer Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman. Originally, Corin gained a reputation for converting unsold used cars into racing cars, but after establishing Lotus, not only did he mass-produce his own sports cars, but he also climbed to Formula 1 and conquered GP. By the 1960s, Corin gained fame as one of Europe's leading sports car and racing car companies.
"Lotus 6" was the first independently developed sports car mass-produced by Lotus. Lotus's first commercially available sports car with a simple construction and high combat power is quickly becoming popular. In 1957, Lotus 6 was developed into the "Lotus 7".
A semi-monocoque body with a tubular frame and an aluminum outer panel, combined with a front W wishbone + rear rigid suspension, this is a simple open two-seater sport similar to Lotus 6 and sold as a kit car. The Lotus 6 was able to choose from a variety of engine types starting with the Ford model, but the Seven with its high-performance engine was called the "Super 7" and many replica models of the Revival subsequently appeared. All of these unique and simple style sports cars have come to be nicknamed "Super 7". It's similar to calling the British mini-series "Mini Cooper" after the high-end version.
Lotus 7 is built from Series 1 to Series 4 and will be out of production in 1973. At that time, the rights to the last 4 models in the series were sold to a British Lotus dealer "Caterham" and a New Zealand Steelbro, and a Burkin, which produces models prior to the 3 series, appeared. Even after Lotus withdrew from the market, demand for 7 types of sports cars remained strong. This is evidenced by the innumerable variety of replicas created, including Super Martin, Westfield, and Donkervoort. Japanese Mitsuoka Zero 1 is also a model inspired by 7. Conversely, the idea of Lotus 6 or Lotus 7 during the Colin era proves that it was a really simple, high potential, fun riding sports car.
The replica of Lotus 7 is sometimes referred to as the "Near Seven" but only the "Super Seven Sportscars Company" founded by George Fisher in Canada is officially known as "Super Seven". Between 1984 and 1985, dozens of left-hand drive "Canadian 7" were produced and imported into Japan, where Seven was very popular.
The power train is worth noting. George Fisher chose a Toyota 2T-G unit and imported and mounted a 170ps 2T-GS engine that TOM'S had bore up at 2 liters. Because many of the mechanical parts, such as the differential gear and the transmission, used parts from the Toyota Corolla, it attracted attention as a "Near 7" that was easy to maintain and tune in Japan.
|Jun Nishikawa's Highlights!|
This is my first time to see the real thing "Canadian 7". This is a very rare car that the current owner got from his friend's brother about a year ago.
It is maintained by the current owner who is a professional of racing cars, so the whole condition seems to be good. However, on the day of the interview, the battery was weak, the Solex carburetor was not working well, and the idling was unstable. The owner also said, "It's not perfect." so it would be a problem that can be solved by consulting the maintenance after the purchase, including the bleeding of the oil from the rear differential gear.
The condition of the inside and outside should be "There is a sense of use according to the age.". It is not in the same contest condition as new. However, like a denim or sneakers that are always worn, it is a sports car that you can easily enjoy the fit with your body. You can ride without hesitation if you have a moderate feeling of use, and it is quick to adapt to yourself. This car is not a sports car to display. Take it easy and enjoy the drive even on a rainy day. This feeling of use becomes "story", "History" and becomes a car and your decoration.
I think that's the proper way to drive a sports car called "Near 7".
Originally written by Jun Nishikawa
Photo by Junichi Okumura
Published on December 2019
|Year of Purchase||Apr 1986|