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1961 Lotus Elite S1 Coupe Vehicle Profile

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1961 Lotus Elite S1 photograph

1961 Lotus Elite S11961 Lotus Elite S1
The Lotus Elite was introduced in 1957, Colin Chapman's design criteria was that the Elite be a road car capable of a class win at the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hour race. With four-wheel disc brakes, all independent suspension, rack and pinion steering, over head cam, lightweight alloy engine and superb aerodynamics, the Elite posted six consecutive Le Mans class wins from 1957 to 1962. Top speed for a stock Elite, owing greatly to its extraordinary aerodynamics and low drag coefficient of .29 was 118 mph.

Construction utilizes a fiberglass monocoque design, whereby the body acts as an integral part of the frame of the car. Elites are powered by a four-cylinder Coventry Climax 1216cc engine. The engine was increased to 1460cc during restoration. Coupled with dual side draft Weber carburetors, it produces in excess of 90 horsepower and a very spirited drive for a car weighing only 1300 pounds.

A multi-year restoration was completed in 1993. Documentation of that process produced the first definitive book on the Elite, Denis Ortenburger's Original Lotus Elite.


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1961 Lotus Elite S1 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1961 sales)
1961 Lotus Elite
Sold for USD$71,331
  2019 Silverstone - Classic Cars & Competition Cars
 
1961 LOTUS ELITE SERIES II
Chassis#: 1998
Sold for USD$78,472
  2016 Coys - Thoroughbred & Vintage at Fontwell House
 
1961 Lotus MK14 Elite 'Super 95'
Chassis#: 1947
Sold for USD$66,375
  2015 Silverstone Auction - Competition Cars
 
1961 Lotus Elite
Chassis#: 1336
Sold for USD$102,592
  2015 RM Auctions - Paris
 
1961 Lotus Elite Series II Coupe
Chassis#: 1205
Sold for USD$96,250
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
1961 Lotus Elite S1 image  1961 Lotus Elite S1 image  
1961 Lotus Elite Series II Coupé
Chassis#: 1628
Sold for USD$60,695
  2011 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1961 Lotus Elite Series II Coupé
Chassis#: 1628
Sold for USD$69,061
  2010 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1961 Lotus Elite S1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1961 Lotus EliteE112 15932019 Silverstone The Sale of British Marques   
1961 Lotus Elite Series 2 Super 95 Coupé18642015 Bonhams : Bond Street Motor Car Sale $75,000$90,000
1961 Lotus Elite Series II (Type 14)EB13917852015 Historics at Brookland $56,000$58,000
1961 Lotus Elite Series II Coupé16282010 Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia $20,000$25,000
1961 LOTUS ELITEPXEA11932003 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction November 2003$32,500  
1961 Lotus Elite S2 Coachwork by LotusEB 14932003 Bonhams An auction of Collectors Motor Cars and Automobili $30,000$35,000

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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

1961 Lotus Elite S1

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