A while back, I inquired to the Lotus Seven Registry as to the first ownership of our Seven, #SB1290, a 1962 Series II model.
It came back that the car was first registered to a J. Bedford, 33 Devonshire Place, London after it left the Lotus factory on July 28, 1961.
After many months of trying to nail down the 'J' in J. Bedford, I found out that he was John Victor Bedford, noted antique glass and furniture expert, and motor racing fan. He authored several books in what he called the 'Collecting Pieces' series. He passed in 2019. His various collections are currently being sorted at Leeds University.
But there is more, as there is always more.
His father, who owned the 33 Devonshire Place premises, was none other than Davis Evan Bedford, noted British physician and cardiologist, who at one point treated Churchill.
I'm not surprised in the least bit- only that we somehow stumbled onto a Seven with as much history off the track as on it.