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Lotus Elite S2, 1961,

This particular car was purchased by the present owner in 1981 from a well-known Lotus Elite ace-racer and enthusiast. Pre 1981 history is not known, except for it being sold new in the UK in December 1961. The present owner (for 42 years already) bought the Elite for historic racing in 1981 and restored it in 1982 - 1984 with all the best bits like a fully rebuilt engine to racing specs by Tony Mantle of Climax Engine Services with a new crankshaft, pistons, cilinder head, clutch, Weber 40 DCOE carburetors, rebuilt radiator, light alloy brake calipers, new brake disc, springs and dampers, ZF gear box, limited slip differential etc etc. He did have 4 wonderful racing seasons all over Europe with many placings and class wins. The Elite subsequently went to a museum and into storage from 1987 onwards. A couple of years ago the Elite was rebuilt again for historic racing. Engine prepared by Tony Mantle of Climax Engine Services, who has been preparing Climax engines since 1964, and this time with new con rods. The undamaged and unmutilated single dimple (reinforced) body was serviced by Christian Devillers and received a bare fibre glass respray, all new suspension with upgraded bearings and new springs and dampers from Tony Thomson and reinforced drive shafts, new Dunlop Racings and high torque starter and alternator, battery and so on. The aluminium fuel tank, foam filled, and seat were made by Andy Warminster (who normally welds British nuclear submarines), new custom made lightweight exhaust and silencers, seat belts, battery, fire extinguisher all to correct historic specifications. This Elite is not a tired or molested racing-car but a very beautiful example of a period correct car which can give you an entry to historic racing and life long fond memories. As the body is not a mutilated “lightweight” the Elite could also be converted into a (very fast) road car again.

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