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1961 Lotus Elite Series II (Type 14)

Sale price: £56,000.00 make an offer
Last update: 26.05.2015

Car location: Weybridge, United Kingdom
Sale type: Fixed price listing

Technical specifications, photos and description:

Manufacturer: Lotus
Model: Elite Series II (Type 14)
Year: 1961
Type: Coupe
Mileage: 8,347
Transmission: Manual
Drive side: Right-hand drive
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1961 Lotus Elite Series II (Type 14) for sale

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1961 Lotus Elite Series II (Type 14) Photo
  • 1961 Lotus Elite Series II (Type 14)
  • 1961 Lotus Elite Series II (Type 14)
  • 1961 Lotus Elite Series II (Type 14)
  • 1961 Lotus Elite Series II (Type 14)
  • 1961 Lotus Elite Series II (Type 14)
  • 1961 Lotus Elite Series II (Type 14)
  • 1961 Lotus Elite Series II (Type 14)
  • 1961 Lotus Elite Series II (Type 14)
  • 1961 Lotus Elite Series II (Type 14)

For sale by auction on Saturday 06 June 2015 with Historics at Brooklands. Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit. Weybridge. Surrey. Call 01753 639170
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. 30 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. 

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