"Although the steering only has two turns from lock to lock, the effort at the wheel is very low; one can take quick corrective action if the back end should hop, which it tends to do, probably because of the relatively high proportion of unsprung weight in such a light car. There is no reaction from the front wheels and, in this respect, the new wishbone suspension is a great improvement on the swing axle type of the Six, which was subject to gyroscopic kick and tended to wander on the straight."
Usually, the Seven's seating position would have been tailored to the buyer's requirements, so we could not fairly comment on this. However, we noted: "The small, two-spoked steering wheel is almost vertical and close to the facia; the outstretched position of the driver's arms is comfortable and gives full control.
"Cockpit space is limited and there is not much foot room around the pedals, although their angles are excellent and comfortable. Brake and accelerator are set so that heel-and-toe changes become a natural manoeuvre.
"When driving the Seven in reasonably traffic-free conditions, one soon forgets minor discomforts in the exhilaration of its performance and the manner of its achievement. The Prefect engine, mildly tuned in this case, gives an excellent power-to-weight ration and has no temperament.
"It quickly reaches operating temperature (no fan or water pump is fitted) and it will then give full throttle response without hesitation. Acceleration in the open country is very good and 35mph on the high first gear is reached very quickly (4.7sec) with a hard snarl from the exhaust. Second is close enough to top to give valuable hill-climbing performance. It provides a maximum speed of 70mph and is very useful for overtaking at speeds in excess of 50mph.
"Some saloon cars with not much larger engines, and capable of carrying four or more persons in great comfort, have higher maximum speeds than the Seven, but their occupants may never know the joy of driving such a car. It's a great pity that purchase tax prevents such cars as this, with especially high safety factors of road-holding, from reaching the hands of so many young enthusiasts who would benefit by the experience.