<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566

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Lot 175
1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe

US$ 95,000 - 110,000
£ 78,000 - 91,000
Amended
1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe
Chassis no. 1052
Engine no. 7566

1,216cc SOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single SU H4 Carburetor
75bhp at 6,100rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Highly original example
*3 year nut and bolt restoration completed in 2018
*One of Lotus' early road cars
*Lightweight design for supreme performance


THE LOTUS ELITE SERIES 1

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 - Chapman had his sights set on class wins at motorsport events across the world - and incorporated technology developed in Lotus's single seaters. Every bit as innovative as Chapman's outright competition cars, the Elite featured a glassfiber monocoque body tub - the world's first - independent suspension all round and four-wheel disc brakes, the rears mounted inboard. Its engine was the four-cylinder Coventry-Climax FWE, a single-overhead-cam unit of 1,216cc producing 75bhp, while the gearbox, an MGA unit fitted with an alloy casing and modified bell-housing, was sourced from BMC. The classically styled body - the work of Peter Kirwan-Taylor and aerodynamicist Frank Costin - although possessing an admirably low coefficient of drag (0.29), made few concessions to comfort or noise suppression, not that that is likely to have bothered the Elite's customers, for whom its 112mph top speed and superlative handling were of far greater importance. The motoring press were fulsome in the praise, Autocar declaring: 'The road manners of the Elite come as near to those of a racing car as the ordinary motorist would ever experience.'

Despite having to make minor compromises for on road usage, the competition derived design philosophies pervaded, and the Elite achieved massive success on the track. 6 class victories were achieved at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in addition to similar triumphs at the Nürburgring. In the early 60s, the little Lotus was a forced to be reckoned with and satisfied both the road going enthusiasts and racers with its spectacularly well-balanced performance.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The Elite, number 1052, shown here benefits from a recognized history of ownership, starting with its delivery to Jay Chamberlain on June 20th 1959, alongside units 1047 and 1054 as the first shipments to the North American market. This, however, was not the original owner of the vehicle, who remains unknown to this day. Eventually, a gentleman possessing the name of Richard Yagami purchased the Lotus in 1970 and would place the car in storage for many years. Emerging from its dormancy in 2015, the ownership was again transferred to Phil Lamont. From this development, the Elite received a thorough restoration via Glenn Taylor, a man with over 30 years of experience working on both race and high specialty cars. At the beginning of the project, the vehicle sat as a partially disassembled, good example with virtually all of its original pieces little used and intact. This sparse usage is conspicuously evidenced by the fact the accurate mileage appearing within the gauge cluster sits at a remarkable 9,515 miles at the time of cataloging. Nevertheless, every nut and bolt received care with an extreme attention to detail, leaving the car in state far exceeding the factory build quality. With the restoration just being completed this year, this Lotus is offered immensely fresh with only 100 more miles being clocked on the dash since. Finished in its original Cirrus white with Black interior, 1052 is a fantastic example of Chapman's early road car creations, and should be ready for both spirited drives on the byways and vintage racing alike.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note this vehicle is titled under the model year 1960
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<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
<b>1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 1052<br />Engine no. 7566
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