Thursday, March 13, 2014

5k: Montagues Beware: 2011 Capulet Lotus Seven Kit

In the tragedy Romeo and Juliet, ostensibly written by William Shakespeare (who are we kidding, we all know that Shakespeare didn't write all those plays, it was Christopher Marlow, Earl of Oxford) there are two feuding Italian families, the Montagues and the Capulets. If a modern day version of Romeo and Juliet was created with a Fast & Furious tilt, Mercutio better watch out because Tybalt is going to whoop him in some kind of drag/drift/stabbing event in today's feature.  Find this 2011 Capulet Lotus Seven Kit currently bidding for $7,700 in Hermosa Beach, CA with less than 1 day to go.

Using the magic 8-ball that is google comes up with no major/minor kit manufacturer called Capulet.  What you do find are a few instagram (I'm not sure, but I believe this is a service that instantly calculates the weight of any white powdery substance in grams based on a great when you are baking cookies and have lost your teaspoon) photos that show this car and reference something that is part road rally part airsoft shoot-em-up event.  Gentle Mercutio, put thy rapier up...BLAM-BLAM.  The red-bull decals have been removed, but this is certainly the same car.

Under the hood is a 302 cubic inch Ford V8, complete with number of performance parts and one of the strangest spark plug routing setups any of us have seen.  Is that plastic electrical wiring loom wrapped around the plug wires?  The Ford engine is a tight squeeze in a chassis designed for small inline-4 cylinder engines and the exhaust headers route forward and merge together before going somewhere down...hopefully to the back of the car.

Additional interweb searching locates this youtube video taken in November of 2013 showing a fairly detailed walk around of the car.   More interesting is that CaseyCars (the dealer in Hermosa Beach that is currently auctioning the car on ebay) posted a note on the youtube video asking the uploader to contact them to find more info about the car.  They must have picked it up at an auction and are trying to figure out exactly what they have. 

See a more interesting way to go fast in a custom Super Seven style custom?


  1. Appreciate you saving me the time by finding the links to the photos and video (even though the video only offers up engine at idle and modest throttle blips). Sure beats the typical "find this ...., on offer from....said to be...." coverage it might have (or soon will) receive elsewhere. Coffee, cars and English tudoring all in one website! (you guys aren't the only ones who know their way a good malatropism..which is the best malapropism of all!)

  2. Nice digging, DT. The best match I found was Lotus Capulet clutch purses . I tried, but I could not come up with a clever joke tying this car to a lady's purse.

    The car falls into the "want it but what would I do with it" category. That motor almost sounded like it had a supercharger when it was fired up in the video. But you know the seller would have mentioned THAT if it was the case.

  3. I've seen this car around town several times. Not sure what Capulet means, but the previous owner or a friend of his has the same sticker on the windshield of his S2000. It's either a tuning company with no online presence or some club/clique.


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    1. Oh my..... possibly just a little too much information in some areas of their website.

      (But the car still looks like something of a bargain at current bids, if it is properly sorted.)


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