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8 February 2017

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Lot 115

1960 Lotus Elite

  • Chassis no. 1187

€75.000 - €85.000

Documents: Bill of Sale


Type 14. 125 hp, 1,216 cc SOHC inline four-cylinder engine with two Weber 40 DCOE carburettors, four-speed manual ZF transmission, independent front suspension with twin wishbones and coil springs, independent rear suspension with 'Chapman' struts and coil springs, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,240 mm

  • Restored by renowned Lotus Elite authority Horst Auer
  • 'No expense spared' race preparation in accordance with FIA Appendix K
  • Includes Lotus Heritage Certificate


Launched at the 1957 Earl’s Court Motor Show, the Type 14 'Elite' built upon Lotus’ previous race experience and marked their first serious foray into volume car production. A revolutionary fiberglass monocoque chassis was utilized, powered by the potent—and, importantly, lightweight—Coventry Climax FWE engine. The resulting kerb weight of just 1,100 pounds afforded spirited performance, excellent road holding, and unparalleled driver enjoyment.

An estimated 1,030 units were produced between 1958 and 1963, and the car proved an immediate hit on the race track with the likes of Jim Clark, Trevor Taylor, and Les Leston proving practically unbeatable in the sub-1500 GT class in British Club racing. The Elite was, however, far more than merely a sprint machine, as demonstrated by the remarkable 8th overall (and 1st in class) achieved in the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours by Peters Riley and Lumsden.

This particular Elite was purchased by the present owner in 2003 from the late Horst Auer. It boasts a zero kilometre, 'ultimate specification' 1,216-cubic centimetre engine, the desirable later ZF gearbox, aluminium radiator, twin fuel pumps, and Borrani wire wheels. The vendor estimates that he has spent between £40–50,000 preparing the car and, subject to the issuance of new FIA HTP, it is ready to be enjoyed immediately in prestigious series, including the GT & Sports Car Cup and Peter Auto’s 'Sixties Endurance' races—and, of course, at standalone events, including Tour Auto and Le Mans Classic.





Type 14. Quatre-cylindres en ligne, 1 216 cm3, 1 ACT, 125 ch, 2 carburateurs Weber 40 DCO, transmission manuelle ZF quatre rapports, suspension avant indépendante par doubles triangles et ressorts hélicoïdaux, suspension arrière indépendante par jambes "Chapman" et ressorts hélicoïdaux, freins à disques sur les quatre roues. Empattement 2 240 mm.

• Restaurée par Horst Auer, spécialiste Lotus Elite renommé
• Préparation course sans considération de coût, en conformité avec l'Annexe K FIA
• Certificat de Lotus Heritage

Dévoilée en 1975 au Salon d'Earl's Court, l'Elite Type 14 était le fruit de l'expérience accumulée en course par Lotus, tout en constituant la première tentative de la marque pour se lancer dans la production en série. Elle était équipée d'une structure monocoque révolutionnaire en fibre de verre et du puissant (et surtout léger) moteur Coventry Climax FWE. Grâce à son poids ne dépassant pas 500 kg, elle offrait d'excellentes performances, une tenue de route superbe et apportait à son pilote un plaisir de conduite sans égal.

Avec une production d'environ 1 030 exemplaires entre 1958 et 1963, ce modèle a immédiatement remporté le succès sur circuit et, dans les courses de clubs en Angleterre, des pilotes de la trempe de Jim Clark, Trevor Taylor et Les Leston se sont révélés pratiquement imbattables dans la catégorie GT moins de 1 500 cm3. Mais l'Elite était beaucoup plus qu'une simple machine de sprint, comme l'a montré sa remarquable huitième place au classement général des 24 Heures du Mans 1959 (avec victoire de sa catégorie), entre les mains de Peter Riley et Peter Lumsden.

La présente Elite a été achetée en 2003 par l'actuel propriétaire au regretté Horst Auer. Elle comporte un moteur 1 216 cm aux spécifications les plus abouties (zéro km), la désirable boîte ZF ultérieure, un radiateur en aluminium, deux pompes à essence et des jantes Borrani à rayons. Le vendeur estime avoir dépensé entre 40 et 50 000 £ dans la préparation de la voiture et, après avoir obtenu un nouveau Passeport Technique Historique FIA, elle sera prête à profiter de courses prestigieuses comme la GT & Sports Car Cup ou la série “Sixties Endurance” de Peter Auto, sans parler, bien sûr, d'évènements tels que le Tour Auto et Le Mans Classic.

Addendum

Please note that this car is not fitted with its original engine.

Veuillez noter que cette voiture n'est pas équipée de son moteur d'origine.

Alexander Weaver

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