Chassis no. 1427, a series two Elite, was delivered on September 23rd 1960 as a road car to David Buxton, team principle of Team Elite – the successful multiple Le Mans class winning team.
Following its years as a road car it was totally rebuilt to by Simon Hadfield for himself and his father to race. The rebuilt shell featured new metal ‘ski’ suspension mounts and a strengthened rear diff section as well as some lightweight panels.
It’s first race was at the 1986 Brands Hatch Super Prix and it went on to achieve many podium and class wins including a class win at the prestigious Spa 6 Hours. It has raced internationally including the Coppa D’Italia, Spa, Zandvoort and many others. In 2018 it was invited to compete in the Goodwood Moss trophy amongst Ferrari 250’s Aston Martin DB4 GT’s and E Types. The car comes with a large history file including two previous sets of FiA papers.
I have had the car 3 years and during this time it has been almost totally rebuilt with bills for over £50,000. The car comes with 10-year FiA papers, valid until 2028.
The current specification is as follows:
Bodywork – Resprayed with new lightweight bonnet and boot. Perspex side and rear windows. Heated front window. New Lightweight powder coated T45 roll cage, Tillett Racing seat, Willans 6-point ‘Silverstone’ belts. 2018 Two litre Fire extinguisher with inside and outside pulls. (seat, seat belts and extinguisher all in date) Foam filled alloy petrol tank, Lightweight racing battery, Facet fuel pump. Dashboard totally rewired with blade fuses and new gauges. Genuine period Lotus racing wheel recovered in suede with quick release mechanism.
Engine – 1216 Coventry Climax engine, rebuilt by a recognised climax engine guru with only 5 races since. All steel bottom end, Arrow rods and Omega pistons. Full race camshaft running in Alloy 5 bearing carrier. Fresh head by Boss Racing with Twin 40 DCOE Webbers (original Italian items) New alternator (looks like a dynamo). High torque starter motor, Crosthwaite & Gardener Lucas 23D4 distributor, alloy pulleys. 4 branch exhaust manifold with Zircotec ceramic coating. Maniflow stainless steel exhaust. Alloy lightweight Radiator, Oil cooler replaced in 2018.
Transmission – BMC gearbox, close ratio, straight cut gear set. Box rebuilt in 2018 by MG Motorsport. Limited slip differential with 4.875 crown wheel built by Hardy Engineering. Strengthened drive shafts. Crosthwaite & Gardener lightweight alloy diff casing with uprated oil seals. Chequered flag Racing front Diff support. Lightened flywheel, concentric clutch with new slave and master cylinders.
Suspension/Steering – Totally rebuilt. Tony Thompson front adjustable coil over shox and Tony Thompson adjustable rear inserts. New wheel bearings, new uprated front hubs and splines, lightweight Lotus spinners. Replacement bushes, new front lower wishbones, modified top arms, new steering rack with new alloy machined bushes. Full 4-wheel alignment.
Brakes – 4-wheel disk brakes with alloy callipers. Dual brake system. Later spec rear callipers, new disks and master cylinder. Fluid change in 2018.
Wheels – Light alloy Turrino wire wheels with good Dunlop Racing tyres. Spare set of steel wire wheels with part worn Dunlop Racing tyres.
The Lotus Elite is one of the most competitive and eligible cars in Historic Racing today. Its multiple Le Mans class wins and period success show it can out run many larger engine rivals.
This car must be the best presented and competitive Elites in the UK and is eligible for multiple national and international series including both Equipe GTS and Equipe Pre ’63.
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