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1956 Lotus Eleven Roadster Vehicle Profile

1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

1956 Lotus Eleven
Sold for $92,960 at 2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction.
Colin Chapman and aerodynamicist Frank Costin would pencil the proposal for the Lotus Eleven on clean sheets of paper. The result was a vehicle that would take the checkered flag almost 150 times in 1956 alone, its first year on campaign. This included a win at Le Mans in the 1100cc class and a seventh overall, only 27 laps behind a D-Type Jaguar. The Lotus Eleven remains as the most successful track car in Lotus history.

In similar fashion to the Lotus MK6, the Eleven used stressed aluminum panels draped over a light steel tubular structure. It was available in three versions including a Club model, the Sport, and the LeMans. The Club model was equipped with a 36 horsepower Ford 10 engine. The Sport came equipped with an all-new 1098cc aluminum Coventry Climax inline four. Both the Sport and the Club came with live rear axles and drum brakes. The LeMans had four-wheel Girling inboard disc brakes, a de Dion rear axle, and specific transmission ratios.

The body was handcrafted with hinged front and rear for quick access to essential mechanical components. The Coventry Climax engine was built in unit with the new gearbox, based on an Austin A30 case. All of the LeMans models were fitted with close-ratio gears. Steering was by a shortened rack-and-pinion system from the Morris Minor, with a quick 1.75 turns lock-to-lock. The rear axle was a modified unit using BMC parts. The front suspension was swing axle but now had a lower pivot point to reduce roll stiffness and thus moderate understeer. Girling coil-overs were placed in both the front and rear, which was built around a new de Dion tube.

The Eleven sat 27 inches high at the base of the windscreen and had a curb weight of 1,360 pounds.

This particular Lotus Eleven Le Mans Series 1 was found by the current owner in the United Kingdom, though it had been badly crashed. Beginning in the 1980s, work began on repairing the car. A completely new body was sourced from Williams and Pritchard. Most of the damaged panels were discarded, but the doors and center section were saved. During the restoration, many of the original parts (including the gas tan, suspension, differential, throttle assembly, carburetors, and instruments) were used.

The restoration work was recently and in 2018 it was brought to Bonhams Auction in Amelia Island where it was sold for the sum of $92,960 inclusive of buyer's premium.

This Lotus does not have its original chassis plate and its provenance before the accident is not known. However, Lotus experts have deemed this car as authentic. Since the restoration, it has not been campaigned.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2018



2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $100,000-USD $125,000 
Sale Price :
USD $92,960

1956 Lotus Eleven Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
1956 Lotus Eleven Le Mans, Series 1
Sold for USD$92,960
  2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
1956 Lotus Eleven image  
1956 LOTUS ELEVEN LE MANS SPORTS RACER
Sold for USD$209,000
  2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
1956 Lotus Eleven image  
1956 Lotus Eleven Series 1 - Le Mans Spec
Sold for USD$65,664
  2015 Coys at Ascot
 
1956 Lotus Eleven Series 1 Sports Racing Car
Chassis#: 189
Sold for USD$126,500
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
 
1956 Lotus Eleven Series I Le Mans 85
Chassis#: MK 11/190
Sold for USD$100,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
1956 Lotus Eleven image  
1956 Lotus Eleven Le Mans Sports-Racing Roadster
Chassis#: 211
Sold for USD$239,484
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1956 Lotus Eleven Le Mans
Chassis#: 220
Sold for USD$126,500
  2008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions
1956 Lotus Eleven image  1956 Lotus Eleven image  
1956 Lotus XI Le Mans
Chassis#: Mk II 248
Sold for USD$157,905
  2007 Coys Auction - Automoto D‘Epoca
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1956 Lotus Eleven's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1956 Lotus Eleven 1.5-Litre Sports-racer2312013 Bonhams The Spa Classic Sale $130,000$170,000
1956 Lotus Eleven Series 1 Sports-Racing Two-Seater 2011 Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale $125,000$150,000
1956 Lotus Eleven Series 1 Sports-Racing Two-Seater 2009 Bonhams Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club $130,000$150,000

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Lotus Eleven Vehicle Profiles
Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Model Year: 1956
Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Model Year: 1956
Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Model Year: 1956

Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Model Year: 1956
Profile
Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Model Year: 1956
Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Engine Num: 6863
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Chassis Num: 0259
Model Year: 1956
Profile
Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Chassis Num: 15/610/2
Model Year: 1956
Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Chassis Num: 164
Model Year: 1956
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Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Chassis Num: 180
Model Year: 1956
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Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Chassis Num: 180
Model Year: 1956
Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Chassis Num: 184
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Chassis Num: 202
Model Year: 1956
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Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Chassis Num: 212
Model Year: 1956
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Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Chassis Num: 220
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Chassis Num: 224
Model Year: 1956
Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Chassis Num: 235
Model Year: 1956
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Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Chassis Num: 283
Model Year: 1956

Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Chassis Num: 286
Model Year: 1956
Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Chassis Num: 506
Model Year: 1956
Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Chassis Num: MK 11 258
Model Year: 1956

Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Chassis Num: MK 11/190
Engine Num: FWA 400-7 6802
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Lotus Eleven Roadster

Chassis Num: MK11210
Engine Num: FWA 400-9 6968
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History
Sports Racer
Lotus Eleven Sports Racer

Model Year: 1957

Sports Racer
Lotus Eleven Sports Racer

Model Year: 1957
Sports Racer
Lotus Eleven Sports Racer

Chassis Num: 256
Model Year: 1957
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Sports Racer
Lotus Eleven Sports Racer

Chassis Num: 275
Engine Num: 400-56112-3
Model Year: 1957
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Sports Racer
Lotus Eleven Sports Racer

Chassis Num: 334
Model Year: 1957
Sports Racer
Lotus Eleven Sports Racer

Chassis Num: 377
Model Year: 1957
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