1960 Lotus EliteSOLD

COYS - Legende et Passion - Monaco - 21st May 2007

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Estimate: €42,000-48,000

Sold €47,176

The Lotus Elite was introduced in 1957 at the Earls Court Motor Show, and was very well received by both the press public alike. The sleek and stylish bodywork was of an all fibreglass monocoque construction. This had considerable strength, yet was very light at the same time giving the car outstanding performance and handling. Mechanically the Elite featured an all aluminium four cylinder single overhead camshaft engine from Coventry Climax which drove the rear wheels via an MGA gearbox. Suspension was independent both front and rear. A Series II version of the car was produced from mid 1960 with revised rear suspension and improved interior. The Carburettor on this car had been changed to up the power output to 85 bhp. Further versions of the car were to be produced, including a "Special Equipment" model of the series II which featured had an all synchromesh 4 speed ZF gearbox and a more highly tuned version of the same 1216cc Coventry Climax engine. In this guise the Elite was capable of topping 120 mph and had a 0-60 time of under nine seconds. The Elite ended its life in 1963 after just over 1000 models had been produced.

The example you see here today is one of a tiny number of Elite's sold new in Italy via the then Rome Lotus agent. It is a series II car boasting a 4 speed ZF syncromesh gearbox. Remarkably the car has never been restored and retains its original stainless steel bumpers, front grill and original vinyl seats, so often removed on cars that have been prepared as racers. The car still wears its original black Rome registration plates and has been homologated with top maks for originality by the ASI, the Italian historical car movement. The car is accompanied by ASI certificate, Italian Libretto and must rank as one of a handful of road going Elites extant in Italy.

Reference Number 9262

as of 5/7/2007

Car 1960 Lotus Elite