Lot 301 - 1962 Lotus Elite Mk.14 Series 2
|Engine Number||FWE400-41 10375|
|Odometer reading||88,849 miles|
|Estimate||£48,000 - £56,000|
|Result||Sold - £51,200|
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 number 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 any mishap. 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 ceased in 1963 a mere 1,030 units had been manufactured.
This handsome Lotus has been owned by the current vendor for the last 26 years and he has cherished owning this rare classic Elite Mk.14. The yellow paintwork is stunning as is the black interior. Benefitting from a recent total engine rebuild to the 1216cc Coventry Climax engine and fitted with the desirable ZF gearbox, this Lotus drives every bit as good as she looks. Supplied with a V5C registration document, a current MoT test certificate valid until 28th March 2017 and a history folder, this Elite represents not only value for money but an opportunity to own a piece of sought after Lotus motorcar history in great, useable condition.