Lotus Eleven – S1

Lotus Eleven – S1
The restoration of this historic racing car has just been completed in our workshops. The car was originally built to Le Mans specification and, interestingly, had twin fuel tanks for long distance racing and a 20 gauge body with permently fixed head faring.
Extensive repairs to the original 20gauge Williams and Pritchard body were undertaken by M A Linder Engineering to rectify the cut out front wheel arches and damage to the headlight areas, cut out were also present for a roll bar in the rear body. The chassis is also 20 gauge and had strengthening plates welded to the lower radius arm pick ups, with the vertical tubes continuing all the way down to the lower square tube.  It chassis also had tank straps on both sides and a second fuel pump bracket on the offside top chassis tube. The swing axle channel had the strengthening strip welded along the top.
We are currently trying to piece together the history of this historic racing car in conjunction with Victor Thomas of the Historic Lotus Register (HLR) and hope that many of the period modifications, together with some evidence of numbers on the inner panels, will help identify this important historic Lotus.The Car is currently running a Climax FWA on Webers and later Spridget gearbox with De-Dion rear suspension. We hope to have this historic racing car back on the track with HTP papers in 2013.