The Lotus Seven is an iconic car. Never before has one car been so lovely recreated and modified by so many different companies. Despite the sheer volume
of companies make clones of the car, they all stick to the same recipe and create a soft-top roadster. One man decided it was time to change that, and has
set about creating a factory-looking hardtop for his Seven.
That man is , and he is far from your average backyard modifier. With 25 years in the racing business, he has had his hands on everything from
British Touring cars and Champ cars to Indy cars and Le Mans prototype racers. The top took three years to create from initial design drawing to finished
product. The design is so well done and original, the Rich was able to secure "Intellectual Property Patent Office Design Rights".
The top is built with an eye to detail that is rarely seen in today's world. The roof features gull-wing like openings to make it easier to enter and exit
the car, the roof panels come off to retain that roadster feeling. Best yet, the roof panels can be stowed in the trunk and actually take up less room than the previous soft-top. That is a nearly German level of engineering.
Howlett's top may not appeal to every Seven owner or admirer, but I think it looks rather nice, a bit like an angry Morgan in profile. And I can't fault
the man for wanting to stay dry and comfortable for long trips across the British countryside.