1957 Lotus-Climax Eleven Series I  Chassis no. 282
Lot 371
1957 Lotus-Climax Eleven Series I
Registration no. 477 XUR Chassis no. 282
£90,000 - 120,000
US$ 120,000 - 160,000

Lot Details
1957 Lotus-Climax Eleven Series I  Chassis no. 282 1957 Lotus-Climax Eleven Series I  Chassis no. 282 1957 Lotus-Climax Eleven Series I  Chassis no. 282 1957 Lotus-Climax Eleven Series I  Chassis no. 282 1957 Lotus-Climax Eleven Series I  Chassis no. 282 1957 Lotus-Climax Eleven Series I  Chassis no. 282 1957 Lotus-Climax Eleven Series I  Chassis no. 282 1957 Lotus-Climax Eleven Series I  Chassis no. 282 1957 Lotus-Climax Eleven Series I  Chassis no. 282
1957 Lotus-Climax Eleven Series I
Registration no. 477 XUR
Chassis no. 282


  • In 1956 Colin Chapman's Lotus Engineering Company introduced the beautiful Lotus Type XI - or Lotus Eleven - competition sports car, replacing the earlier Marks IX and X. The new model's Frank Costin-designed aerodynamic body was an improvement on that of the Mark IX's, while Chapman's new multi-tubular spaceframe chassis was reinforced by a stressed-skinned transmission tunnel. Front suspension followed established Lotus principles with long swing axles, although these were pivoted lower than before to reduce frontal weight transfer under braking. Three alternative types were offered: the De Dion rear-suspended 'Le Mans' model for those who wished to go racing at a serious level; the live-axle 'Club' version for the less ambitious racer; and the similar 'Sport' for any customer who merely required a fast, tractable and exceedingly handsome road car. Ford and Coventry Climax (single and twin-cam) engines were available in varying stages of tune, while for racing purposes a wrap-around windscreen, head fairing and metal tonneau cover for the passenger compartment could be supplied.
    Lotus Elevens won 148 races and achieved a further 233 podium finishes in 1956, including winning the 750-1,100 cc class at Le Mans where Reg Bicknell/Peter Jopp's car finished 7th overall. Other drivers included Mike Hawthorn, Graham Hill, Innes Ireland, Archie Scott-Brown and Chapman himself. At Monza, a standard Le Mans model fitted with a Weber-equipped 1,098cc Climax engine and 'bubble' cockpit canopy lapped at 143mph and took seven speed records. To further demonstrate the Eleven's extraordinary versatility, one was driven the 892 miles from Lands End to John O'Groats at an average speed of 51.06mph, consuming fuel at the rate of only 38.52 miles per gallon! In 1957 the works-entered cars finishing 1st, 2nd and 4th in the 1,100 cc class at Le Mans and 1st and 2nd on 'Index of Performance'.
    Chassis number '282' is the 1959/60 US Pacific Region H Modified Championship-winning car driven by Harry Jones and Henry Burgraff. The car was delivered new to California with a Climax FWA (number '6982') but competed in the 1959 championship with a Crosley engine installed. For 1960/61 the Lotus fitted with a highly modified Abarth motor built by Tony Settember in Italy and in this form won the H Modified Championship in 1960.
    In the early 1960s the car was sold to Dr Richard Schoenen, who subsequently had a relatively inconsequential accident, damaging the left front of the car. At this point '282' was retired and put into hibernation for the best part of 40 years, passing through the hands only one other owner who left it untouched.
    In 2008 the Lotus was acquired by the current owner and returned complete, less engine, to the UK. At this stage '282' was a 'time warp' car in the same condition as when it was retired in the mid-1960s. Undertaken by Chesterton Coachworks, the sympathetic restoration has retained all of the original bodywork except the nose. The chassis has been bead-blasted and refinished in the original colour by Ken Nichols, and all suspension and brake components have been completely overhauled. '282' is fitted with a fresh Coventry Climax FWB 1,500cc engine and a completely overhauled gearbox and differential, all built by Mike Brotherwood.
    The car is supplied with a period numberplate, Swansea V5, current MoT/tax and new FIA papers. It is, of course, eligible for a wide variety of the most important historic events, and the fortunate new owner of '282' will be the first to use the car since it was raced in period!
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