The very best overview and insight into the Seven I have ever read. You get it! And this is from a besotted fool who has gone coast to coast and border to border in a solid axle, skinny tired 1968 Seven with 84 horsepower and a permanent grin.
A 6 or an 8 would be like one of those V8 motorcycles - it can be done but, your better half would check to be sure your life insurance policy is up to date. Also, didn't someone build a motorcycle with a Lambo 12?
Drove an early one that had a BMC A series engine in it. I think the small engine worked well in it and kept it fun. Never driven any other, but my guess is that too much power might make it a different car. Noted that in England the lowest priced model possibly had a small 3 cylinder engine in it? Seems that this might be fun.
Hands down, one of my favorite sports cars of all times. Ever since I first saw it way back in '69-'70 on the TV program, "The Prisoner" with Patrick McGoohan, I've always wanted one. Yes I know that one was a Lotus 7, but it's still "THE CAR" that I wished for. Alas, they are always out of my budget to own one. But I still can dream. 🙂
I have often thought back to the article you wrote for R&T about driving a Caterham around Wales. It struck me at the time that you had never been more happy in an automobile, and I have not read any of your pieces since that would change that impression.
I was also taken, like the commenter above, with the "large and feisty" pair of pants trope. It reminded me of a raunchy Lord Chombedley joke that will not bear the retelling in these circumstances. Another time.