Lot 157 - 1961 Lotus Elite Series II (Type 14)
|Odometer reading||8,347 miles|
|Estimate||£56,000 - £58,000|
The first Elite or Lotus Type 14 was an ultra-light two-seater coupé, produced from 1958 to 1963 and making its debut at the 1957 London Motor Car Show. It was chassis #1008 and, having spent a year in development, aided by "carefully selected racing customers", it went on sale. The Elite's most distinctive feature was its highly innovative fiberglass monocoque construction; the Elite also used this glass-reinforced plastic material for the entire load-bearing structure of the car though the front of the monocoque incorporated a steel sub-frame supporting the engine and front suspension.
The resultant body was both lighter and stiffer and provided better driver protection in the event of a crash. It had independent suspension all round with transverse wishbones at the front and Chapman struts at the rear whilst advanced aerodynamics also made a contribution giving the car a very low drag coefficient of 0.29 - quite low even for modern cars. When production ended in 1963, just 1,030 of these had been built.
Presented in Canary Yellow, this 1961 Series II Type 14 has just two former keepers and was built with the FEW Coventry Climax engine. One of just approx 749 ever produced, this motor car was a thoroughbred of its time. A numbers matching example offered with an MoT test certificate valid until May 2016 and V5 registration document, this recently re-commissioned example after having been off the road since 2011 represents not only value for money but an opportunity to own a piece of sought after Lotus motorcar history in fabulous condition.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.