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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1998 Birkin S3

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Introduced in 1957, the Lotus Seven was essentially a motorcycle on four wheels, perhaps the best illustration of Colin Chapman’s philosophy of “adding lightness.” Though production ended in 1972, the Lotus Seven lives on through a host of available replicas, a testament to the entertainment value of an automobile pared back to its most elemental form. This 1998 Birkin S3, for sale on, comes powered by a 2.0-liter Ford Zetec engine producing 150 horsepower. While that may not sound like much, the car’s sub-1,200 pound curb weight delivers a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds, along with handling that can best be described as “go-kart like.” As for amenities, it does come with a heater (and heated windshield) and canvas doors; for most of the year, what more do you really need? From the seller’s description:

1998 Birkin S3, 10,000 miles. Superformance imported this South African-factory-built car and installed the drive train. Ford ZETEC 2.0 litre DOHC 150 hp engine, dual 45 Weber DCOE carbs, K & N air filters, custom exhaust, 5 speed Ford Sierra trans with hydraulic clutch, Red Line Synthetic Oil in engine, trans, and differential. Brakes: Dual hydraulic with warning system for low fluid levels. Front: 255mm Vented discs; Rear: 254mm discs. Adjustable pedal box. Suspension: Adjustable independent double wishbones with seperate antiroll bar. Rear: 4.11:1 live axle with parallel trailing arms. Steering: Rack and pinion, 3 turns lock to lock, removable Indy steering wheel. Wheels and Tires: 15″ X 7″ TSW alloys with 195/50×15 (front and spare) and 205/50×15 (rear). Instrumentation: VDO speedo, tach, ammeter, oil pressure, temp, and fuel gauges. Standard equipment: Soft top, cockpit tonneau cover, wind deflectors, roll bar, cycle fenders, heated windscreen, bucket seats-driver’s adjustable, heater fan, side screens, boot cover, rear view mirrors, custom canvas “doors.” Kerb weight: 530kg. 0 – 60 mph: 4.9 sec.

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Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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