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Lotus logoLotus 1100 Le Mans Spider & Coupé (1957–1958)

Lotus Eleven Aigle Spider, Lotus Eleven Le Mans Coupé

Designer: Giovanni Michelotti, Torino (I)

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Chassis no. 237
Engine no. 6969 FwA 400/9

10/1956 Lotus Eleven Chassis number 237 built (Capel 1998)
chassis displayed at the Coventry Climax Ltd. showroom in London’s Piccadilly Circus (Capel 1998)
09–12/02/1957 chassis with engine delivered by John Crosthwaite (racing mechanic at the Experimental Department of Lotus Engineering Company, Hornsey, GB), with a VW truck to Carrosserie Ghia S.A., Lugano (CH) (Crosthwaite 1957, Capel 1998)

Lotus 1100 Spider (1957)

14–24/03/1957 presented on Ghia Aigle stand at 27th International Motor Show in Geneva (CH)

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Colin and Hazel Chapman inspecting the car

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Lotus 1100 Le Mans Coupé (1957)

1957 Lotus 1100 Spider fitted with plexiglass Coupé roof

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09/1957 raced in hillclimb at Col de la Forcaz near Martigny (CH) (Sports Car and Lotus Owner, Vol. 1, no. 12, 3/10/1957: p. 254)

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13–23/03/1958 presented at 28th International Motor Show in Geneva (CH)
along with the Lotus Eleven Club (David Morgan’s chassis number 386) and a Lotus Le Mans (chassis number 342)
The diagonal tube in the passenger compartment had been removed.

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14/08/1958 Customs bill No. 8607 stamped by Douanes Suisses

30–31/08/1958 raced in GT class at Ollon-Villars hillclimb (CH); race no. 79

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1963 owner Schäfer (CH)

1966 owner Claude Barth, La Capite/Vesenaz (CH)
Color: White
08/03/1967 registered in Canton de Genève (CH) with license plate GE 37.880

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04/1970 owner Nick Sciurra, Glen Mead/Long Island (New York USA)
08/04/1970 imported from Le Havre (F) to New York (USA)

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Color: White with British racing green longitudinal stripes on hood, roof and trunk

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197x owner Walter Hagstrom, New York (USA)

197x owner Mitchel Cahn (USA)

197x owner Ed Williman, New York (USA)

197x owner (again) Mitchel Cahn (USA)

08/1974 owner Bruce W. Philbrick, Sheffield (Massachusetts, USA) (later West Townsend, Massachusetts, USA)
Color: Red

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06/1976 for sale for 5,499 $ in the Lotus Eleven Register (LER) newsletter no. 12 (June 1976)

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09/1976 for sale for 4,999 $ in the Lotus Eleven Register (LER) newsletter no. 13 (September/October 1976)

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03/1977 owner Gary A. Schonwald, New York (USA)

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198x sold via Stephen Langton Ltd. (vintage car dealer), Tandridge (Surrey, GB)

198x owner Hugh Edgley, London (GB)
“The present owner is described as an eccentric man, with a fantastic Lotus collection. He will never allow anyone to see them, they are probably hidden till he dies.” (Paroutaud 2001)
06/1996 Mystery car of the month of Classic and Sportscar magazine

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05/2005 Mystery car of the month of Classic & Sports Car magazine

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[Sources: Gary A. Schonwald, letter to Lutz Montowski 08/02/1985; Ortenburger 1988, Capel 1998; Paroutaud 2001; own research]

Technical Data

Basic car

Lotus Eleven (= Lotus 1100, Lotus 11, Lotus XI, Lotus Mk. 11, Lotus Mk. XI)

Engine

longitudinal front mounted 4 cylinder in-line engine (Coventry Climax) with single overhead camshaft (SOHC)

Bore x stroke

72,4 x 66,6 mm; compression ratio 9.8:1

Cubic capacity

1098 cm³

Power

84 bhp at 6,400 rpm

Torque

 

Weight to power ratio

6,8 kg/bhp

Transmission

 

Front axis

RWD

Rear axis

 

Brakes

 

Body

tubular spaceframe chassis, overhead plexiglass door panels

Length x width x height

(Basic car: 3531 x 1543 x 813 mm); wheelbase 2160 mm (basic car: 2235 mm)

Empty weight

572 kg

Maximum speed

210 km/h

Gas consumption

5–7 litre per 100 km

Year

1957–1958

Numbers built

1

Price ex works

26,500 CHF