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    This Birkin was originally purchased in June of 2002. It began its original assembly sometime between June 2002 and mid-2005. At that point the project was abandoned due to the original purchaser’s health issues. It had been garaged and untouched until October 2014. The car was then sold back to the original Birkin dealer in September 2014 from the original owner. The car was represented to the dealer by the original owner as a “zero miles car”.


    I purchased the car in October 2014 in an “as-is” condition from the dealer as they received it from the original owner. After purchase I immediately began the process of disassembly of the car to confirm that the car was indeed a “virgin”. As a former motor sports competitor in Formula Fords and production classes, I have prepared many cars through the years. My inspections revealed that the majority of the various parts & components provided in the original kit were indeed new condition. Any marginal pieces due to age were replaced. I found the chassis and all its parts to be in excellent condition other than some original assembly bumps & bruises (paint dings) to the chassis. The 2.0L Ford Zetec engine that came with the car was removed and replaced with a new 2.3L Ford Duratec power plant. The had been repainted from its original factory delivery specifications. All paint was removed from the main body, cycle fenders and rear fenders. The car has been professionally prepared & painted to its current scheme, DuPont “Pepper Grey Metallic” body & nosecone with black accent stripe around the nose & gloss black front &rear fenders.


    The car is powered by a new Ford 2.3L DOHC Duratec. This particular variant of the 2.3L engine comes from the factory with a forged crankshaft (no counterbalancing), 9.7 to 1 compression ratio pistons and factory connecting rods. I have added new Crower Stage 2 cams and springs with titanium retainers. It has a new Dunnell low profile wet sump oil pan, new custom intake manifold coupled to a new 75mm BBK throttle body fed through a Spectrum low restriction air filter. Fuel is being delivered from a new fuel pump through a new pressure regulator through 39 LB/HR Bosche injectors. Exhaust is via new Birkin stainless 4 into 1 header with the extended length collector. Engine cooling is provided via Davies Craig electric water pump in conjunction with standard Birkin radiator and custom aluminum expansion tank.

    The engine management system is a new Haltech Sport 1000 ECU, with Haltech WBC1 – Single Channel CAN Wideband Controller kit (O2 sensor) and AEM Four Channel Coil Igniter. The MAP installed is set up accommodate the current engine setup. The engine is coupled to a freshly rebuilt Ford T-9/5 speed transmission through a new Clutch Masters FX400 series 6 paddle clutch disc, Power Plus I pressure plate and aluminum flywheel fastened with new ARP bolts, engaged via a new hydraulic release bearing (annular slave cylinder). The bellhousing is from Birkin. Final drive is through the OEM Birkin supplied Toyota live axle LSD differential.

    The suspension is equipped with adjustable Carrera coilover shock assemblies. The front brakes are the Outlaw (Willwood) four piston calipers on 10” vented discs and the rear are single piston Audi calipers. The car is equipped with new Hankook Ventus R-S3 tires (195/50-15 front; 225/45-15 rear); mounted on 7” & 8” new, black, “949 Racing” wheels.

    The rollover bar has been beefed up with larger diameter rear braces and an added cross bar with shoulder harness connection points. Extra heat shielding has been added to the firewall and foot wells to help mitigate heat gain in the cockpit. The car comes with a new aluminum sump protector. The car does include the Birkin spare tire rack with license plate holder.

    The interior has the standard issue Birkin seats equipped with four point RJS Safety Equipment harnesses. The car is also equipped with a quick release steering wheel. The gauges are new VDO mounted on a custom dash. The layout has been modified from the original factory configuration for better visibility. The tachometer & speedometer have been moved to the right of the steering with the smaller critical gauges (volt meter, oil pressure & water temp) placed in front of the steering wheel. The car is also equipped with a new Ecliptech “Shift-I” staged shift light. The original dash panel has been retained for reconfiguration if desired. The car came originally equipped with a heater. The blower/motor, heater core & control switches have been removed but all parts have been retained for future owner reinstall if desired. This car does not come with roof or side panels but does include wind deflectors.

    Last but not least the original Lucas electrical system has been replaced. The car has been professionally re-wired including new fuse blocks & relays.

    Most of the original fasteners that came with the car have been replaced with high strength & stainless steel pieces. A spare set of forged aluminum wheels with 205/50-15 Falken Ziex 912 tires also come with the transaction.


    The vehicle is titled, registered & inspected in the state of Texas represented as a 2015 Assembled Vehicle, Replica: 1967 Lotus. It will continue to be an essentially “minimum miles” vehicle with only the miles necessary for the basic sorting out and showing of the completed car. The car has not been AutoXed or had any track time. It is fully prepared to compete or just have fun with.

    The asking price for the car is $ 30k or best offer!

    All inquiries should be directed to Joe Reynolds in Dallas, Texas at either (214)891-0321 or cell: (972)978-2130.

    For photos go to
    Last edited by Joe R; October 6, 2016, 07:09 AM. Reason: added information

  • #2
    Sorry all, I am not having any luck getting photos uploaded to the thread. As soon as I get it figured out or someone could give me the secret code you will have photos.
    Last edited by Joe R; September 7, 2016, 05:04 PM.


    • #3
      Originally posted by Joe R View Post
      Sorry all, I am not having any luck getting photos uploaded to the thread. As soon as I get it figured out or someone could give me the secret code you will have photos.
      If you click on the "FAQ" in the banner near the top of this page (or most any page on this forum), the answer can be found. I have copied the relevant text from that part of the FAQ for your convenience here:
      How do I add an image to a post?

      If you have uploaded an image as an attachment, you can click the arrow next to the 'Attachment Icon' and select it from the list. This will be inserted into your post and can be located where you want it displayed.

      To include an image that is not uploaded as an attachment and is located on another website, you can do so by copying the full URL to the image, (not the page on which the image is located), and either pressing the 'Insert Image' icon or by typing [img] before the URL and [/img] after it, ensuring that you do not have any spaces before or after the URL of the image. You can insert pictures from your albums (?) in this way too.

      Best of luck, sir.
      | | Sean


      • #4
        Thanks Sean. For the time being I am going to try smugmug for picture viewing. I have added the link to the original post. Check it out and let me know what you think.


        • #5
          I wanted to update all on my car. We recently participated in a local autoX. The club running the event operates their classing based on SCCA Solo rules. They classified the car in SSP. The intention of doing this event was to continue to sort out the car. I went into it with a neutral suspension set-up, neutral balance(not corner balanced) on street tires. We won our class! We have also run a 0-60 test recently on hot tires & were able to pull out a 3.6 second time with the moderate tune installed. I've added a few miles since the last report primarily from driving to & from the autoX as well as a recent early morning cruise with my wife. Current mileage is 1,066.7. I have also added new photos of the finished product & build at If you have any questions or just want to talk Sevens give a call. Home/office: (214)891-0321 or Cell:(972)978-2130


          • #6
            The car is SOLD. A happy new Seven owner picked it up today.