The present owner of this shining Lotus Eleven is no stranger to the type, having owned and raced another Eleven.
Keen to add to his Lotus collection, he found another Eleven in the U.K., though it had been badly crashed — when and by whom is unknown. This car’s long recovery to health began in the early 1980s and included a completely new body from Williams and Pritchard. While most of the damaged panels were discarded, the owner retained the original doors and center section. Completed over the past three years, the restoration used a host of original parts, including the suspension, gas tank, differential, throttle assembly, instruments and carburetors.
Although this Eleven has lost its original chassis plate, and its provenance is unknown before the accident, Lotus experts have deemed this spectacular car as authentic. It has not been campaigned since the restoration, so a complete review of its structure and mechanicals is recommended before this treasure is returned to the track, where it belongs.