After around 150 Eleven 'Series 1'cars had been produced, Colin Chapman and the Lotus Engineering Company Ltd introduced the 'Series 2' variant in the spring of 1957. By the end of production during 1958, some 270 Lotus Elevens had been completed.
This Lotus Eleven Series 1 Sports-Racing Two-Seater has been in its present ownership for no fewer than 30 years. It has competed in more than 250 Historic Sports car races on the world's leading motor racing circuits, including Silverstone, Goodwood, Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Donington Park and Oulton Park in the UK, plus the Nurburgring in Germany, the Monte Carlo street circuit in Monaco, Zolder and Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Zandvoort in Holland, Vancouver in Canada, and at such American venues as Laguna Seca, Phoenix, Willow Springs, Portland, Tacoma and Palm Springs.
This example took the checkered flag first at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix meeting of 1983, and it won its capacity class in the British Lloyds & Scottish Championship race series of 1981-83.
In 2009, this car was offered for sale by Bonhams at the Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, CA. It was estimated to sell for $130,000 - 150,000, but failed to find a willing buyer capable of satisfying its reserve.