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1956 Lotus Eleven Roadster / 220 Vehicle Information

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1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

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1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

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1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

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1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

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1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

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1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

1956 Lotus Eleven photograph

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Sold for $126,500 at 2008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions.
Initially, all Colin Chapman's Lotus Elevens were built with a swing-axle front suspension modified from English Ford components. These cars are general referred to as the first series of Lotus Elevens. The top-of-the-line Eleven version was the LeMans spec which featured an advanced DeDion rear setup.

The Eleven's enjoyed much success. At the 1956 24 Hours of LeMans, the works team of three cars did rather well, with Bicknell and Jopp finishing first in class and seventh overall. A little later that year, a special bodied Eleven was piloted by Stirling Moss and 'Mac' Fraser to a series of closed track world speed records at Monza. This small, 1100cc car covered 100 kilometers at 135 miles per hour with a fastest lap of 143 miles per hour.

In 1957, the Eleven had a class win at Sebring and Chamberlain and Fraser finished first in the 1100cc class at LeMans. Other Elevens finished second and fourth. A super-lightweight 750cc Eleven driven by Cliff Allison and Keith Hall was awarded the Index of Performance.

In 1958, the Eleven swept their class at Sebring, with the Weiss/Tallaksen entry finishing fourth overall.

This example is chassis number 220. It is one of about 150 first series Elevens built with total production around 270. Little of this cars early history is known other than it is a LeMans spec that was sent to the US when new. The history of the car picks up in 1984 when it was purchased by Jim Ellis of Cincinnati who gave the car a restoration during the late 1980s.

In 1991, Mr. Ellis put the car on display at the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance where it earned a First in Class award. Morris Gardner of Pittsburgh was another owner of the car. The car was put in a warehouse for ten years before it was sold to Vince Irwin of New York. Mr. Irwin campaigned the car frequently with an overall win at the Rolex Lime Rock Vintage Festival in 2003. The current owner has continued its active racing career with a showing at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2006.

In 2008 this Lotus Eleven LeMans Spec was offered for sale at the 'Sports & Classics of Monterey' presented by RM Auctions where it had an estimated value of $150,000 - $190,000. It was offered without reserve and sold for a high bid of $126,500 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2009
Sold for $126,500 at 2008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions.
The Lotus Eleven is a landmark in sports car racing. Colin Chapman's most successful sports racing car, it dominated its class from 1956 to 1958. Based on a philosophy of lightweight, simplicity and agile handling, it was wrapped in beautiful aerodynamic aluminum bodywork. While developing the design, Frank Costin strapped himself on the hood of a Lotus Mark VIII while Colin Chapman drove him at high speed across an abandoned airfield so he could observe how tufts of wool were affected by the airflow.

Chassis 220 History
Chassis 220 was built as a LeMans model and was delivered new to the United States, according to Graham Capel's authoritative book, 'Lotus - The History Years 1956-58.' And that is exactly how it is presented today. Not much is known of its early history. In 1984, it was acquired by Jim Ellis of Cincinnati. He restored it in 1988 and reported that very little repair was required to the frame or body panels. Ellis displayed the car at the Meadow Brook Concours in 1991 where it earned a First in Class award. The next owner of record was Morris Gardner of Pittsburgh, who reportedly warehoused the car for 10 years until it was sold to Vince Irwin of New York. Irwin ran the Eleven enthusiastically on the track, and took an overall win at the Rolex Lime Rock Vintage Festival in 2003. Nick Grewal, a noted collector of Lotus competition cars, campaigned it in the Northeast. he took it to the 50th anniversary Lotus Eleven Reunion at the Sebring 12 Hours in 2006 and drove it to fourth overall at the 2008 Rolex Festival at Lime Rock Park. The current owner acquired the car in August 2008.



2008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $150,000-USD $190,000 
Sale Price :
USD $126,500

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
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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
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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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