Lotus Eleven S2
Two years ago I was lucky enough to be able to buy the original body from a Series 2 Lotus Eleven and since then have been gathering parts to build a racer which meets FIA HTP specification and consequently will be eligible for race use. Now, if anyone would like to take on this unique project, I am happy to consider selling to help accelerate another historic Lotus restoration I have underway.
The body is known to the Lotus Eleven Register as The Halton Body. It comes with front and rear sections, doors and scuttle. The original nose badge is still in place. The body appears to have originally painted BRG and the front section is marked '9 CPF' underneath - that car is a rebodied Eleven now in Europe - I have no direct evidence this is the body from that car, although all who have seen it and know it advise it is an original by Williams and Pritchard.
The front section is in lovely condition as is the scuttle - the 2 sections sit nicely together and there is evidence of a metal tonneau having been fitted. The rear is in poorer condition, there is evidence of a head faring having been fitted. I also have a second S2 rear end, in better condition.
The car came on a wooden display chassis shown in the photos. In the other photos the panels are shown resting on the new chassis and are yet to be fettled/fitted.
Since acquiring the body I have sourced a number of crucial items:-
- original spec S2 chassis, made by Ken Nicholls and fully panelled by Riversdale Restorations (similar chassis shown in photos). It is powder coated
- new De Dion tube, powder coated
- front wishbones, top and lower trailing links, engine mounting barand front and rear suspension parts, powder coated
- 4 wheels
- 2 dash panels
- hand made aluminium header and petrol tanks to original specification
- new windscreen
- automotive Climax cylinder head
- smooth case gearbox and 4.2 diff
Most parts to complete are readily available. Once complete this will be a HTP spec racer at a small fraction of the cost of a fully registered car, with original body and probably have more original parts than many of the other racers!
Happy to discuss and arrange viewings, serious enquiries only please and if the right buyer doesn't emerge I will be happy to complete the project.