1963 Lotus Elite MK IISOLD

Coys Spring Auction - Royal Horticultural Hall - London - February 27, 2007

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Sold ú23,172

The Lotus Elite has earned a significant place in the history of automotive engineering, even though only 988 examples were produced. It was the first production car to use glass reinforced plastic as a major structural element. At the time of its introduction it was also the only small British sports car with an overhead camshaft, disc brakes on all four wheels and full independent suspension. Colin Chapman drew on his vast racing experience when designing the Elite, making sure weight was kept to a minimum without sacrificing strength. The engine was a supremely light, efficient, all aluminium 1,216 cc Coventry Climax unit with twin SU carburettors and a chain-driven overhead camshaft producing 75 bhp at 6,100 rpm. This unit, together with the light aerodynamic body, gave a 112 mph top speed and a 0 to 60 mph time of less than 12 seconds. Countless competition victories proved the Elite's mettle on the track. This included winning its class at Le Mans in 1959 and 1960, and a win at the 1959 Nuerburgring 1,000 km.

This Series II model is a road going version of what was Lotus's first giant killing coupe, however this extremely versatile sportscar could easily be adapted to rally or race specification and would, no doubt, as they were when new, be very competitive. Finished in silver over red with a black interior, this classic British sportscar has returned from Italy following a high quality restoration to the tune of over ú2,000 by Bartoli Giorgio of Modena but remained unused since due to ill health. Complete with a years MoT, fresh wire wheels and tyres, this innovative classic is now ready for action once again.

Reference Number 7183

as of 2/16/2007

Car 1963 Lotus Elite MK II
VIN EB2003 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Black 
Options Exterior: Alloy rims, Metallic paint