Lotus Eleven


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Lotus Eleven Recreation
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Restoration expert Bill Needham was entrusted with the restoration of Lotus Eleven car #219 which was driven by Innes Ireland. Part of the work involved building a new chassis for the car. Bill took the opportunity to create a second identical chassis from the patterns and plans available. This is a true replica of car #219 built over 30-years.
The attention to detail includes the fitting of some original Lotus parts salvaged over the years and some newly built parts to original specification. A Coventry Climax engine was sourced, and the head modified with enlarged valve ports. A Sprite series 2 gearbox is fitted with the correct tail shaft. Replica works dampers are used. Many other correct new or restored parts are fitted.
The bodywork is completed so far as the scuttle is made to original specification and new fibreglass front and rear panels sourced. Unfortunately, at this point the build stalled and the car is now offered for sale for the new owner to complete.
The engine runs and the car has been driven.
Historic Lotus Register registrar Vic Thomas has advised that the club are aware of the car and remembers is attending a club event at Silverstone. He has provided a report of the car which concludes: 'Overall the car so far is a good example of an Eleven Replica'. A full copy of the report is available.

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