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This particular Lotus is looking for a new home at the classic and vintage cars sale after its owner of nearly 45 years recently died.

Charterhouse auctioneer Matthew Whitney says: “They are quite raw cars by today’s standards, with no power steering or air bags, but this is of huge appeal and for many drivers the epitome of a lightweight sports car.”

The 1963 Super Seven being sold by Charterhouse was bought by its owner in the early 1970s. Fitted with its 1500cc Cosworth engine, it has been mildly modified over the decades with TSW alloy wheels, later seats and the fitting of a roll bar for safety. However, it retains the original dashboard, dials, steering wheel and is fitted with flared wings which were an optional extra when new.

Whitney adds: “For over 40 years it has been enjoyed and driven. It was also coveted, having lived in a carpeted garage, and was driven just a couple of weeks before the owner passed away.”

The lot includes a “huge history file”.

This specialist auction of classic and vintage cars is being held in conjunction with The Great Western Classic Car Show at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet.