1960 Lotus Elite

€75.000 - €85.000


Chassis No.

Documents: Bill of Sale

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

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.


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.

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6 December 2017

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18 - 19 January 2018


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