1960 Lotus

Elite series Ii

White with Black interior and Grey carpets edged Black, 4-speed gearbox, Fully Restored in 2012, Matching Numbers, Three owners throughout the past 35 years.

The Lotus Elite was Colin Chapmans first foray into the manufacture of a GT car. Based on a groundbreaking and highly innovative fiberglass monocoque construction, the Elite was both lighter and stiffer than most conventionally built cars of the era. The Elite embodied the same innovative philosophy as the firms giant-killing sports racing and grand prix machines. In total, just 1,015 Elites were completed between 1957 and 1963. A second series Elite, it benefitted from the higher-quality coachwork constructed by the Bristol Aircraft Company.

This particular Elite was delivered new to the US Lotus distributor Chamberlain of Burbank. The cars early history after arriving on US shores remains unknown, but when acquired by Maryland resident Harold Allen in the mid-1970s, the Elite is said to have been in good, well-kept condition, although in need of some restoration work. Mr. Allen kept the car until 2011, when it was purchased its last owner. Although in remarkably solid condition, the last owner embarked on a full restoration soon after his new acquisition. The body was stripped and refinished in the cars original white. The engine work was performed by Coventry Climax specialist Bill Hutton Engineering in Clarksville, Tennessee, while the remaining mechanical aspects were attended to in the last owners Southern California-based restoration shop.

Powered by its original 1,216 CC SOHC Coventry Climax Inline 4-Cylinder Engine with Twin Weber 40 DCOE Carburetors, power is estimated 95 BHP at 5,100 RPM. Power is run through a 4-Speed manual gearbox, the braking is through 4-wheel disc brakes, inboard at the rear and the suspension is four wheel fully independent.

Today, the sporty Lotus Elite presents remarkably well, and should be a very capable companion on twisty roads or the concours lawn. With exceptional engineering and hallowed road manners, it is no surprise the Lotus Elite has become one of Chapmans most sought-after cars. Eligible for the finest Rallies and Tours.

Price: $140,000