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Classics Lotus Elite From 1958 Earls Court Motor Show Is For Sale

13:52  14 july  2020
13:52  14 july  2020 Source:   autoclassics.com

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The first generation of the Elite or Lotus Type 14 was a light weight two-seater coupé produced from 1958 to 1963. The car debuted at the 1957 London Motor Car Show , Earls Court bearing chassis number #1008.[3] The Elite had spent a year in development, aided by "carefully selected racing

The Lotus Elite that debuted at the 1958 Earls Court Motor Show and was the first Elite sold to a customer will be presented during The Silverstone Classic Live Online Auction from July 31 to August 1. The beautiful little sports coupe has quite a history, originally sold to jazz legend Chris Barber – one […]

a car parked in front of a building: Lotus Elite that starred at 1958 Earls Court Motor Show is set to star again © AutoClassics.com Copyright Lotus Elite that starred at 1958 Earls Court Motor Show is set to star again

The very first customer Lotus Elite.

Silverstone Auctions is offering the very Lotus Elite that starred at the 1958 Earls Court Motor Show in The Silverstone Classic Live Online Auction on July 31 - August 2.

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The Lotus Elite that debuted at the 1958 Earls Court Motor Show and was the first Elite sold to a customer will be presented during The Silverstone Classic Live Online Auction from July 31 to August 1. The beautiful little sports coupe has quite a history, originally sold to jazz legend Chris Barber – one […]

The Lotus Elite that debuted at the 1958 Earls Court Motor Show and was the first Elite sold to a customer will be presented during The Silverstone Classic Live Online Auction from July 31 to August 1. The beautiful little sports coupe has quite a history, originally sold to jazz legend Chris Barber – one […]

The car was the first customer model and was first owned by jazz legend Chris Barber, a favored customer of Lotus founder Colin Chapman.

After first being shown at the London show, it was quickly made race-ready for Barber who used it in competition across Britain and the rest of Europe for five seasons. During that time the legendary Sir John Whitmore also raced the car, taking a class lap record and victory at Spa-Francorchamps.

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Once its racing career ended, the car was hidden away for some time, eventually remerging in 2016 when it appeared on the Channel 4 show For the Love of Cars with Ant Anstead. On the show, it received a full restoration – completing the work of the previous owner who began to restore it but sadly passed away before he had a chance to finish it.

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The Lotus Elite that starred at the 1958 Earls Court Motor Show is set to be sold at The Silverstone Classic Live Online Auction from the July 31- August 1.

There are 37 classic vehicles for sale today by Gesswein Motors on ClassicCars.com. More listings are added daily. The Lotus Elite that debuted at the 1958 Earls Court Motor Show and was the first Elite sold to a customer will be presented during The Silverstone Classic Live Online Auction from

During the restoration, the car was stripped down and the engine was rebuilt, with a full FIA standard roll cage fitted. The original gearbox was also returned to the car after it too was rebuilt.

As well as being in impeccable condition, it currently has the latest current FIA HTP papers, Period E- 1947-1961, which are valid until December 31, 2026.

"This is a superb little Lotus that has had an amazing life. Just over 1,000 Elites were made and not many cars have this type of wonderful history and provenance, it ticks every little box," said Nick Whale, Silverstone Auctions managing director. "It has been beautifully restored by Ant Anstead, now a presenter and master mechanic on Wheeler Dealers. This car will give the next owner so much joy and fun."

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