Guide Price: £19,000 - £24,000
・Modern Rendition of An Iconic Race Car.
・Well Engineered and Sorted Head Turner.
・Affordable Classic Fun Without The Breakdowns.
In 1982 historic grand prix competitor and engineer, Chris Smith decided to design and build a replica of the gorgeous 1956 Lotus XI Le Mans car. Such was the accuracy and beauty of the car he produced in his home garage at Westfield House, that he was inundated with requests from enthusiasts wanting one for themselves.
By the following year his company, Westfield Sportscars, had been created and continues to flourish today.
Lotus built approximately 270 Type XI cars between 1956 and 1958 and it had great success in everything from club racing to Le Mans.
In over 35 years Westfield have only produced around 120 of the XI, the majority being supplied as a kit of parts for home construction.
Supplied to its highly skilled, engineer owner as a basic kit in 2012, a 1972, 1275cc MG Midget was sourced and used as a donor-car for various parts.
It was built to the highest standards, many modifications and additions being made to improve on the standard build. The car now presents as a stunning, well sorted evocation of a classic, raw, Lotus sports car from the ‘50s.
It is light, nimble, quick enough and always draws admiring looks wherever it goes. It is of course also great fun to drive.
In 6 years, it has reliably covered nearly 8000 miles including 3 trips to Le Mans, Silverstone Classic, Goodwood (always in the pre 66 car park) plus various track days at home and in France.
The car passed the IVA test in August 2013 and is correctly registered as a 2013 vehicle with a current V5C showing as a Westfield XI. It was issued the registration UOA522L by the DVLA and this was changed to XIJ52 in April 2017. The car will be sold with the benefit of this plate.
The builder remains the sole owner and is only offering the car for sale due to another classic car project.
The current MOT certificate is valid until 29 April 2022
There is a large history file relevant to the build, including invoices for many of the parts that have been fitted, it also has the original Westfield Build Manual. A comprehensive batch of history photos will be supplied.
The two biscuit coloured bucket seats are fitted with TRS 4 point seat belts.
The red leather covered steering wheel is by Mountney.
Instruments are all by ETB and comprise Speedometer, Tachometer, Water Temperature, Oil Temperature, Oil Pressure, Voltmeter. There is a fitted 12v socket. Fuses and relays are mounted behind a cover on the dashboard.
The short-shift gear lever is fitted with a genuine Lotus wooden knob. A custom built pedal box takes care of the foot controls and the handbrake is controlled by a traditional chrome lever.
To maintain the period character, the cockpit interior is exposed, riveted aluminium. The original Westfield carpet set is available if required but please note that this will obstruct the precision formed drain holes in the cockpit floor.
The full width Perspex windscreen makes a passable job of keeping most of the wind and some of the rain off. One's goggles and string back driving gloves may be stored in the small glove box.
There is a fitted two part tonneau cover that zips through the centre.
There is no infotainment screen, cup holders, heated steering wheel or a heater for that matter.
The swooping curves, ‘Le Mans Hump’ headrest and low stance mirror the shape of the groundbreaking Frank Costin designed Lotus of 1956. Access to the snug cockpit is via small, bottom hinged doors.
The fiberglass bodywork comprises a front and rear clamshell and a centre tub. It is in very good condition with the professionally applied Porsche Riviera Blue paintwork being free of scuffs and wear and tear marks. The only visible mark is a small stone chip on the front clam.
A genuine 60s Lotus yellow badge is mounted on the bonnet.
The side pontoons are finished in natural, polished aluminium; they feature internal storage boxes on both sides.
Matching Kumho tyres with good tread are fitted all round. The Minilite style aluminium wheels in a grey metallic finish are free of scuffs apart from the OSR which has a couple of minor chips.
The exhaust exits with enthusiasm on the near side via a stainless steel silencer.
All mechanical parts were either bought new or professionally reconditioned from the donor vehicle.
The chassis is a Westfield tubular design with double wishbone front suspension and anti roll bar. The modified Ford Escort rear axle is carried on radius arms and a Panhard rod.
Upgraded, adjustable, Protech Coil over suspension fitted all round.
Steering is rack and pinion. Uprights, hubs etc. are standard MG.
Upgraded Front brakes are Frontline 9” with aluminium 4 pot calipers.
Rear brakes are Ford 8” drums including MG chrome handbrake lever.
Twin circuit brakes with Wilwood master cylinders with remote reservoirs
Gearbox. Ford type 9 5 speed with a long first gear and short remote linkage.
Frontline 7.5” clutch and bellhousing.
The original donor engine was in generally good, original condition and was renovated and improved as follows.
Block Offset bored to 73.5mm giving 1380cc. Crankshaft ground to -20thou. Connecting rods polished and balanced and fitted with Omega 9.8cr pistons. Crankshaft and flywheel/ clutch balanced.
MED supplied parts:- Steel vernier cam drive kit. R/S Camshaft. 1.5 Ratio roller tip rocker shaft. Competition oil pump. Cam followers. Valve springs. Competition Balancer crankshaft pulley. Alloy rocker cover.
Brand new Metro A+ cylinder head, modified and gas flowed, fitted with Cooper S valves.
Peter May baffled sump.
All new bearings, studs lock tabs, core plugs and gaskets. ARP Big end, Main and cylinder head bolts/ studs.
Refurbished Weber 45DCOE carburetor on 5” Maniflow manifold, with K&N air filter.
Edge High Torque starter motor, new water pump, alternator etc.
The build, servicing and maintenance have been looked after by the owner.
You won’t see another one today. It weighs less than a Tesla battery. You will smile as you drive. You know the one about turning round to look as you walk away – you will. You will get up early just to go and pick up a pint of milk – in the next county. Audi drivers will stop and let you out. You will be camera- snapped – a lot. Everyone will ask you what it is. No one will tell you their Dad had one. You will pay more attention to weather forecasts. Kids will wave. You will be surprised at the size of HGV wheels.Van drivers will be kind. You will find out what ‘just driving’ is all about. You may buy a flat cap. Your respect for older era racing drivers will increase.
You will have an awful lot of fun.
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