The Lotus Super 7 is not a car for the faint of heart. With a cabin that meets every bit of the word “barebones,” and a personality more suited to back roads than busy city streets, it’s not a ride for the casual enthusiast. This is partially what drew Lotus Super 7 owner Geoff Wise to his red Lotus, as seen in the newest episode of Petrolicious.
In what Petrolicious is billing as its first feature film on a kit car, the Lotus 7 exited the factory a jumble of parts and body panels, with assembly left up to the buyer. This was done primarily for tax reasons, as there was a heavy tax levied on assembled cars imported to the U.S. Even if Lotus shipped the parts with an assembly book, the tax would remain. To get around this, Geoff said each Lotus came with “disassembly” instructions, which could be followed in reverse to build the car.
Wise came to find the Lotus 7 while he was attempting to fulfill his childhood desire to own a race car that was drivable on the street. After bringing the Lotus back to his garage from Texas to California, he converted the car from full race-spec to something that is a bit more palatable on open roads.
Now, he enjoys the many looks and questions from bewildered onlookers. “People will just come up and talk to you,” he says.
Take a look at Geoff Wise’ 1963 Lotus Super 7 Series II in the newest episode of Petrolicious below.