1957 Lotus XI Le Mans Club145,000 USD

1957 Lotus Eleven Club

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Powered by its original Coventry Climax FWA engine (1100cc)
Same owner since 1975, restored by him to original street specification and faithful to how Lotus built the car. 
Borrani wire wheels.
Fiberglass nose, tail and cowl, with aluminum sponsons, doors and inner-paneling.
Rare “Wide-Cockpit” doors and cowl, as fitted by Lotus for this car, something found on fewer than 10 Lotus Elevens.
A new fabric top with side curtains.
New Michelin radial tires (including spare) in correct sizes.
Includes an assortment of spare parts and a wealth of documentation. Sold on Bill of Sale but enough documentation exists to apply for a title.

Reference Number 613885

as of 5/29/2020

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Car 1957 Lotus XI Le Mans Club
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Known History

Lotus Eleven chassis No. 273 was built as a Club model with full street trim. Assembly at Tottenham Lane London was completed in March of 1957 and the car was shipped to Lotus’ USA East Coast distributor, Tony Pompeo. It was still unsold as of 1959. The car was raced only in the period of 1968-1975 as an SCCA D-Sports special and exists today in virtually the same condition as when new and is in excellent, running condition.

 

Powered by its original Coventry Climax FWA engine (1100cc) s/n 6966 now in stage 3 tune. Under 10 hours of driveway & street run-time since full professional rebuild by Carl Whitney in Ayer, Massachusetts. Starts instantly and runs well on high octane fuel. The current power output is in the 80 to 85 HP range, consistent with the engine design and 1950s preparation.

Original chassis with the bottom square tubes replaced due to rust-through of the originals. Chassis is otherwise as built in 1957.

Same owner since 1975, restored by him to original street specification and faithful to how Lotus built the car. 

Discretely oversized radiator (thicker than standard), electric cooling fan concealed within radiator duct, and sealed cooling system with concealed overflow tank for safe street running.

MG-A transmission rebuilt in 2018 with upgraded 2nd gear & synchros.

Fitted with 4.22 final drive ratio with original 4.55 diff included as a spare.

Borrani wire wheels (as fitted by Tony Pompeo) including the spare.

Fiberglass nose, tail and cowl, with aluminum sponsons, doors and inner-paneling. Although some Elevens built in 1957 had fiberglass bodies, this is not original for this Eleven but is practical and absolutely authentic-looking from outside and from the cockpit. The bodywork is about 20 lbs lighter than standard yet resilient to the routine street trauma that damages aluminum. One drives without worry.

Rare “Wide-Cockpit” doors and cowl, as fitted by Lotus for this car, something found on fewer than 10 Lotus Elevens. The benefit of this style of door is to provide more arm-room for driver and passenger.

Completely original drum brake system, freshly rebuilt in 2019 with silicone fluid. Original and functional parking brake.

Full instrumentation with gauges functioning.

A new fabric top with side curtains so this car can be presented as it appeared when new. The “hood” on a Eleven cannot be used at high speed but is practical when sitting still.

New Michelin radial tires (including spare) in correct sizes.

Includes an assortment of spare parts and a wealth of documentation. Sold on Bill of Sale but enough documentation exists to apply for a title.