Lotus Cars produced the Lotus Super 7 a lightweight small, simple two-seater open top car that was launched in 1957 after the Lotus Eleven was in limited production.
Designed by Lotus founder, Colin Chapman, this car has been considered the embodiment of the Lotus philosophy and performance through low weight and simplicity.
The first generation original model proved to be very successful due to its attraction as a road legal car that would be used for clubman racing, with over 2,500 cars sold.
Lotus Super 7 speed and performance:
Road test: British magazine The Motor tested the Lotus Super 7 in 1958.
They found the vehicle had a tops speed of 129.4 km/h and could accelerate from 97 km/h in 16.2 seconds.
All this includes a fuel consumption of 9.1L/100km.
Top Speed: The Lotus 7’s top speed in the earlier models had difficulty exceeding 140 km/h, however this was beat by the Lotus race-prepared 7 at 204 km/h.
Brausch Nieman reached the top speed through a speed-trap at the 1962 Natal Grand Prix.
The Lotus 7 appeared in the media quite a few times featuring on television series such as The Prisoner, and the final episode of Fall Out.
Even Marvel Comics X-Men superhero, Wolverine, drives a Lotus 7 in the famous comic.