Beautiful, well-engineered, modern replica of the classic Lotus 7 design of the 1960s, produced by Birkin Cars of Durbin, South Africa, offering classic looks coupled with modern conveniences (such as fuel injection!).
This Birkin is powered by a Ford 2.0-liter Zetec twin-overhead-cam engine, producing approximately 190 bhp and coupled to a Ford T-9 5-speed transmission. Painted dark blue with a silver hood stripe and black interior, both driver’s seat and pedals are adjustable to accommodate drivers of all sizes. I’m 6’2” and 195 lbs. and fit fine.
The car is registered in Missouri as a “1967 Birkin”. It has always been garaged and insured through Haggerty. Purchased new in January 2004 from Wire Wheel Sports Cars in Vero Beach, FL. Parts and product support are available from Texas Motor Works (importer) and Birkin Cars in South Africa.
Only driven on the street for a total of 7,500 miles, it has never been raced or run at track days. It is a one-owner car with complete maintenance history, including an upgraded clutch assembly installed in 2005.
The car comes complete with full “weather kit” including folding top and side curtains, tonneau cover, heated windshield and cockpit heat with three-position fan. It has never overheated, even in typically hot and humid Midwest summer conditions.
The original build included many upgrades, including Webcon fuel injection; Raceline water rails; steel braided brake/clutch lines, updated electrical system, tie-rod “gator” covers, Panasport wheels, including the mounted spare, fitted with Z-rated Pirelli P700 195/50-15 tires; wind deflectors; and navy blue paint with a silver hood stripe.
All build manuals – including both printed copies and a CD-Rom – are included in the sale, along with all maintenance records, receipts, and source information for replacement parts.
The car is in overall excellent condition, with only a few scratches and routine rock chips on the fenders. It has been an extremely reliable, fun, attention-getting ride for me for the past six+ years. It is now being offered for sale only to make room for a new project.