S2000 Powertrain: 1965 Lotus 7 Replica

I wonder if someone looked at the Honda S2000 and said “this car is too heavy and too safe…I’m going to fix that.” A few hundred yards of welding rod and a few bent pieces of aluminum later this next beast emerged from the shed. With 240 horsepower from the 9000 rpm screaming Honda VTEC engine and the curb weight of a wicker basket, this thing should fly. Find this 1965 Lotus 7 Replica offered for $9,750 in Dublin, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1965 Lotus 7 Replica
condition: excellent
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 40
paint color: silver
size: compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: convertible
For sale is one Lotus 7 replica. This is not a kit car but hand built from scratch. Designed and built similar to the Lotus 7 style and following the designs as shown in the following books:

“Build Your Own Sports Car For As Little As ₤250 – and Race It” by Ron Champion
“How To build a Cheap Sports Car” by Keith Tanner
“Build Your Own Sports Car On a Budget” by Chris Gibbs

The design is somewhat based upon the McSorley 442E sketches but has many different elements. Basically the chassis is 4” longer, 4” wider and 2” taller than a typical Lotus 7.

The donor engine, transmission and differential are from a 2006 Honda S2000. The stock 2.2 liter engine produces 237 HP @ 7800 RPM. The S2000 front and rear uprights are used as well as the brake discs, and cylinders.

The chassis is constructed from 1” and ¾” square mild steel tubing with all joints TIG welded. Cowl and nose are fiberglass, all other siding and fenders are aluminum.

The car also has the following features:

• Variable Valve Timing (VVT)
• S2000 stock ECU
• Sealed aluminum fabricated fuel tank with a stock fuel pump mounted in the tank. (~11.5 gals.)
• Aluminum front and rear fenders
• Powder-coated chassis and miscellaneous brackets
• Ceramic-coated header and exhaust pipe
• 6 speed transmission
• Limited slip differential
• Shortened steering rack (Mazda Miata), manual steering
• Cobra-style seats with 5 point harnesses

Registered and licensed in the State of California, under SB100 (smog exempt).

The car is essentially complete and drivable, but still needs paint of the fiberglass parts and/or polishing of the aluminum panels. This would make a great car for someone who would like to learn the intimate details of how a car functions and is constructed.

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