1961 Lotus Elite S2 with FIA Historic papers For Sale
LOTUS ELITE S.2 1961
REG. No. XSV125
CHASSIS No. E112 1593
ENGINE No. FEW 400-31 9705
Tolman Motorsport are pleased to offer for sale on behalf of their client.
Originally invoiced and exported new to Yngve Nystrom in Sweden on 16th March 1961 in Stage III specification, Nystrom had recently become the Lotus dealer in Sweden and set up a team of Elites for the 1961 Swedish GT Championship. This was not his own car but sold to A B Motale Bilstrum in May 1961 and is understood to have raced in the Championship in the early 1960’s.
The engine number is different from than that referred to in the Lotus records which may be explained as a clerical error or, more, likely the fact that Elites were eligible for the 1150 cc class in the Swedish GT Championship in the early 1960’s by taking advantage of regulations that permitted the fitting of new cylinder liners that reduced capacity to 1140 cc.
The car was road-registered (L25406) from 1966 until at least 1971. In the summer of 1989, the car was shipped to Neil Twyman Engineering in England and bought for rallying by the present owners that December.
The car underwent restoration; the body was stripped, re-gel coated and painted by Alan Rigarlsford, Specialised Paintwork Ltd with more than 50 years’ experience of fibreglass restoration, specifically of Lotuses, since working for Mike Spence’s Lotus dealership in Maidenhead in the 1960’s. The engine and ZF gearbox were rebuilt by Doug Lawson (ex-McLaren). All Elite replacement parts, modifications and advice were sourced from Tony Bates, the leading Elite expert at the time.
Upon completion, the car was first registered in the UK in March 1990 and competed in several UK-based rallies during the year, including the RAC Britannia Rally, and in the Belgian Historic Rally. In the winter of 1990/91, the engine and gearbox were stripped, checked and re-assembled with replacement parts as necessary in preparation for the FIA European Historic Rally Championship – an exclusively tarmac stage rally championship - and other overseas events in 1991.
Participation subsequently became less frequent, so much so that the car was eventually put into dry storage in the late 1990’s, remaining there until 2011 when it was re-registered for road use covering less than 100 miles a year until 2018 when the decision was taken to prepare the car for sale.
The body was returned to Specialised Paintwork to restore to pristine condition and Tolman Motorsport rebuilt the engine, re-built and fitted a 4.22 differential (in place of the 4.88 used for rallying), and carried out a detailed inspection and replacement of all other mechanicals. Detailed and extensive invoices for this work, the 1991 restoration and the 1990/1991 engine and gearbox work are available for inspection together with related photographs and photographs of the car on its repatriation in 1989 and subsequently in competition.
The car is road legal, has full FIA Historic Vehicle Identity Form and FIVA Identity Card and is in competition-ready condition for rallying/racing where it would be eligible for events such as Tour de France, Goodwood Revival etc. Alternatively, it can easily be returned to road-going trim.
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Period NACA duct in bonnets from Sweden.
Roll cage fitted
Rear wishbones rose-jointed
Front wishbones triangulated to strengthen
Fire extinguisher system
Parallel fuel pumps
Viewing by appointment only. Please call Chris Tolman for more information. Further photos available upon request.
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