1960 Lotus Elite S1 Coupe  Chassis no. 1220 Engine no. FWA 2168

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Lot 637
1960 Lotus Elite S1 Coupe
Registration no. VUN 443 Chassis no. 1220 Engine no. FWA 2168

Sold for £ 17,250 (US$ 21,101) inc. premium
1960 Lotus Elite S1 Coupe
Registration no. VUN 443
Chassis no. 1220
Engine no. FWA 2168
With the Lotus 14 of 1959 - better known as the Elite - Colin Chapman demonstrated that his skills as a racing car designer and constructor could just as easily be applied to production road cars. The Elite was, nevertheless, conceived with competition in mind, as Chapman had his sights set on class wins at Le Mans and the Monte Carlo Rally. Just as innovative as Lotus’s outright competition cars, the Elite featured a fibreglass monocoque body tub (a ‘first’ for a production car), independent suspension all round and four-wheel disc bakes, the rears mounted inboard. Coventry Climax provided the 1.2-litre, ohc FWE engine and BMC the gearbox: an MGA unit fitted with an alloy casing and modified bell-housing. The classically styled body possessed an admirably low drag coefficient of 0.29Cd, endowing the Elite with a top speed of 112mph, while race-bred suspension ensured that handling and ride were exemplary.
The current owner purchased this Elite at Brooks’ Beaulieu Sale in September 1999 (Lot 509). At that time it was described as, ‘enthusiastically owned for the past 20 years’ by the then vendor, ‘fully restored in 1990 with complete photographic record, and used only sparingly since for shows and concours, earning several trophies.’ Its specification was listed as: twin SUs, Stage III head, standard cam, multi-branch stainless exhaust, remote brake servo, Konis all round, optional cooling fan over-ride switch, NACA bonnet duct, lockable bonnet and rear fog lights and hazards. While in present ownership the car has been kept garaged, covering only a minimal mileage. In 2004 the engine was fully rebuilt by Lotus specialist David Bruzas (Historic Automobile Engineering) and relevant invoices totalling in excess of £9,700 for this and other work are included in the sale. The vehicle is offered with current road fund licence, MoT to June 2005 and Swansea V5 registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine seems to have a light tapping noise from the top end. We have spoken to the engine builder who suggested it may be a loose tappett.
1960 Lotus Elite S1 Coupe  Chassis no. 1220 Engine no. FWA 2168
1960 Lotus Elite S1 Coupe  Chassis no. 1220 Engine no. FWA 2168
1960 Lotus Elite S1 Coupe  Chassis no. 1220 Engine no. FWA 2168
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