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1957 Lotus Elevan series 2 Le Mans SOLD

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Serial Number: Chassis 344
Logbook: UK FIA papers, VSCC papers
Condition: Very Good
Price:  £78,750 United Kingdom Pounds  Currency_Convert
Location: Hampshire UK

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Featuring a recent engine rebuild by Crosthwaite and Gardner with brand new head by Tony Mantle, the car had comprehensive winter development work on the suspension and set up with new springs and shocks all round. It was 3rd in class in the BRDC Historic Sportscar Championship 1 May 2004 Donington meeting. This car is the famous chassis 344 which Graham Capel converted into a GT in 1964 and raced with great success with many class wins and 3rd in class in the Redex Trophy. It also has period racing history at Goodwood with its first owner R. Murdoch and is listed as competing in 4 races in 1958 at Goodwood in Barkers definitive book. With its original bodywork unpainted the history of it as a GT is clear to see and deliberately left as it is. It currently runs with a Climax 1500 engine which as a GENUINE series 2 Le Mans it can! However the option is there to convert it back to a GT and have one of the rarest and most successful Lotus sportscars in the historic racing world.


1958/62 UK club history with first owner Murdoch (an employee of Cosworth Engineering) including 4 races at Goodwood documented in the Barker book of racing history.
1962/63 extensive club racing by Graham Capel (author of several books on Lotus history), Bob White and Brian Hegborne (brother of Tony) several class wins at various meetings at UK tracks and hill climbs including Goodwood, Aintree, Crystal Palace as well as the current circuits.
1964 Graham Capel/Redstone Racing as GT, several class wins and podium finishes inc 3rd in class at the Redex Trophy Brands Hatch, an International Race and sadly a dnf at Goodwood Tourist Trophy
Recent History: Since 1980's it has been owned and raced by many well known historic racers with the current owner competing it in the BRDC Historic Sportscar Championship and Gentlemen Drivers and VSCC.

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