1958 Lotus Elite Series 1
Silverstone Auctions – United Kingdom
July 28, 30 & 31, 2016
This 1958 Lotus Elite Series 1 has just emerged from a top quality, very exacting restoration as an historic racing car for C4’s. Stored for many years prior to its restoration commencing in early 2016.
Lotus Elite 1009 represents a unique proposition for buyers wanting to race in top-level historic motorsport or add to a stable of historically interesting cars. Its history and provenance make this Elite one of the most famous in the world and mean it would be welcome at any prestigious historic race meeting or show, worldwide.
Not only is it the first Elite produced as a production vehicle for sale rather than a pre-production prototype as the previous eight were, but it was originally purchased by one of Colin Chapman’s favoured customers and friends, jazz legend Chris Barber. Barber’s music was influential in the British Blues and Jazz scene of the 1950s and 1960s and whose band was behind the UK’s first Rock’n’Roll record, ‘Rock Island Line’ by Lonnie Donegan.
The restoration has been filmed for a forthcoming episode of the ‘For the Love of Cars’ television series which has been so successful worldwide, it can only add to this car’s remarkable provenance.
Who’s ready for race day? If you can’t repair your brakes, just make your horn louder.