There are tons of kit cars and kit car companies out there. But for the life of me, I can’t think of a single car that has been emulated quite as much as the Lotus Seven. I’m sure it’s largely due to the dead-simple formula of light weight along with minimal body and interior panels. It doesn’t take much power to make any of these cars quick. As a result, I’ve seen some interesting powertrains in these over the years. And there are a few companies that have taken the basic idea, and ran with it to create some pretty wild stuff.

Since it’s Friday afternoon, and I have nothing better to do, here’s an assortment of Sevens and Seven replicas that is, in all likelhood, not an exhaustive list I’ll include the intended engine if I know and the country of origin.

Original Lotus Seven, 1st Gen - 1.2L Ford I4 (UK)

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Caterham 7 - Myriad engine options depending on model (UK)

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Donkervoort S7/S8/D8 - 1.6L Ford Crossflow I4 (S7)/2.5L Audi I5 (D8) (Netherlands)

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Gillet Vertigo - 2.0L Ford Cosworth I4/ 3.0L Alfa Romeo V6/4.2L Ferrari V8 (Belgium)

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Elfin MS8 Clubman - 5.7L GM V8 (Australia)

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Brunton Stalker - 3.8L GM 3800 V6 (USA)

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Westfield Megabusa - 1.3L Suzuki Hayabusa I4 (UK)

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Dala7 - 2.0/2.4L Volvo I4/I6 (Sweden)

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Diardi - 1.4L Fiat I4 (Turkey)

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Birkin S3 - 2.0L Ford Duratec I4 (South Africa)

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Haynes Roadster - Various, but most commonly 1.6L Ford Zetec I4 (UK)

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Mitsuoka Zero-1 - 1.6L Mazda I4 (Japan)

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Daytona X7 Road Rocket - 5.7L GM LS1 V8 (UK)

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Tiger Racing Aviator (UK)

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Nota Fang - 2.0L Fiat I4 (Australia)

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Chinkara Roadster (India)

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No more pictures of these, because they all look pretty much identical

BWE Hornet - 1.6L Ford Kent I4 (UK)

Locust - Usually an I4 from an Escort MkII or Cortina MkIV (UK)

Alpha Sports 320G - 1.6L Toyota 4AGE I4 (Australia)

MNR RT - Various motorcycle engines (UK)

Chevron Engineering Classic (New Zealand)

MK Indy - Ford Pinto I4 (UK)

Almac Clubsprint (New Zealand)

DAX Rush - Various Ford I4 or Honda Fireblade I4 (UK)

Fraser Clubman (New Zealand)

Raw Engineering Striker - 1.6L Toyota I4 (UK)

Irmscher 7 - Opel I4 or full-electric powertrain (Germany)

PRB S3 - 1.6L Toyota 4AGE I4 or Ford Zetec I4 (Australia)

Quantum Xtreme - Various Ford I4's (UK)

ESTfield Seven - Lada I4 (Estonia)

And honestly, there are probably dozens more out there. And despite all this, I’ve only ever been behind the wheel of one of these (Brunton Stalker V6) and have never owned any. Some day though...

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So, which one is your favorite?