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1959 Lotus Elite S1 Coupe / 1096 Vehicle Information

1959 Lotus Elite S1 photograph

1959 Lotus Elite S1 photograph

1959 Lotus Elite S1 photograph

1959 Lotus Elite S1 photograph

1959 Lotus Elite S1 photograph

1959 Lotus Elite S1 photograph

1959 Lotus Elite S1 photograph

1959 Lotus Elite S1 photograph

1959 Lotus Elite S1 photograph

1959 Lotus Elite S1 photograph

1959 Lotus Elite S1 photograph

1959 Lotus Elite S1 photograph

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Colin Chapman conceived the Elite in late 1956 as the first car Lotus built for the street. The Elite would become the world's first volume-production car to utilize fiberglass-monocoque construction. The attractive design of these coupes was not the most durable or well constructed and only around 250 of both series were ever built.

This is car number 1096, the 96th car of the 284 S1 Elites built. Approximately 1000 Elites were built between 1959 and 1962. Given direction by Lotus's founder, Colin Chapman, to 'strengthen and add lightness' this new design proved to be revolutionary and it greatly contributed to the car's overall performance. The car weighs only 1350 lbs and with a racing tune Coventry Climax (40DCOE Webers) the engine will produce 135 horsepower.

The Elite followed the Seven, and was diametrically opposed to it in concept and execution. Where the Seven was as basic an automobile as could be conceived, the Elite was one of the most technologically-advanced cars of its day, and compares well to any car built today - over 45 years later. The Seven's simple sheet metal body covered a tubular space frame, with cycle fenders over the wheels. It looked vintage when new. The Elite was a stunningly beautiful and tiny, coupe. It was designed for efficiency, and low aerodynamic drag was part of that efficiency. It's coefficient of aerodynamic drag was 0.29 - better than most cars built today. And it didn't merely have a fiberglass body. The Lotus Elite had a fiberglass unibody (monocoque) structure. The Elite won its class at LeMans in 1960 and had many successes in the UK and here in the United States.

The current owner is working with Ragtops & Roadsters to keep a keen eye for originality. This car is believed to have race history given the racing tune state when purchased in 1976. Originally painted in Royal Blue, which were the colors of the 1960 Sebring Team cars, great attention is being given to many of the original parts with this car when the project began.


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1959 Lotus Elite S1 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1959 sales)
1959 Lotus Elite S1 Competition Coupe
Chassis#: 1159
Sold for USD$86,800
  2021 RM Sothebys : Arizona
 
1959 Lotus Elite Series 2 Coupé
Chassis#: 1390
Sold for USD$78,287
  2019 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1959 Lotus Elite S1 Competition Coupé
Chassis#: 1159
Sold for USD$112,998
  2017 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Racer
Chassis#: 1222
Sold for USD$44,000
  2017 Mecum : Monterey
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1959 Lotus Elite
Chassis#: 1105
Sold for USD$80,521
  2016 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum-Duxford
 
1959 Lotus Elite Coupé
Chassis#: 1110
Sold for USD$71,872
  2015 Bonhams : The Zoute Sale
 
1959 Lotus Elite Series I
Chassis#: 1089
Sold for USD$80,300
  2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction
1959 Lotus Elite S1 image  
1959 Lotus Elite Competition Coupe
Chassis#: 1106
Sold for USD$116,857
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1959 Lotus Elite Coupe
Chassis#: 1171
Sold for USD$30,149
  2003 Bonhams - Goodwood Revival
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1959 Lotus Elite S1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1959 Lotus Elite Series 1 Coupe10522018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction $95,000$110,000
1959 Lotus Elite Series 110572013 Silverstone : The Silverstone Classic Sale   
1959 Lotus Elite Coupe14022009 Shannons Auctions 2009 Shannons Classic Vehicle Auction at MotorEx   

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Lotus Elite S1
1959 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1052
Engine Num: 7566

Chassis information for the Lotus Elite S1
1959 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1089
Engine Num: 10382
Chassis information for the Lotus Elite S1
1959 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1096

Chassis information for the Lotus Elite S1
1961 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1205
Engine Num: 8163
Chassis information for the Lotus Elite
1962 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1318

Chassis information for the Lotus Elite
1962 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1334
Engine Num: 8945
Chassis information for the Lotus Elite
1962 Coupe
Chassis Num: EB 1695

Chassis information for the Lotus Elite
1963 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1921
Engine Num: 10746

Chassis information for the Lotus Elite
1963 Coupe
Chassis Num: EB 1509/1982
Engine Num: 9298

1959 Lotus Elite S1

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