Colin Chapman drew the concept, and built the cars from 1956 to 1958, in cahoots with Frank Costin, ace aerodynamicist, who styled the bodywork. The Eleven was a hugely successful car in every sense, establishing both Chapman's and Costin's credibility once and for all. About 270 cars were built around a tubular space frame chassis with 1100 or 1500cc Coventry Climax 4-cylinder up front, canted over to reduce frontal area, de Dion rear with Girling disc brakes all around.
Approximately 300 Lotus Elevens were constructed between 1956 and 1958. This car was delivered in October 1957 to Michael Taylor, a well known English racer. The car was maintained and race prepared by Innes Ireland, who teamed with Tylor for the 1958 LeMans.
Unfortunately, a failed distributor shaft at the far side of the track eliminated them in the 19th hour. Later that year, and in 1959, Taylor competed in 27 events with ten outright wins.
No. 506 was discovered in storage in England in 1988 and underwent a complete restoration to original standards at Crosthwaite and Gardiner.
It was acquired by present owner in 1992 and has participated in over 60 race weekends since.Also photographed at :