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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1956 Lotus 11 Series 1 Le Mans

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Paint? Who needs paint? Few cars look better in bare aluminum than the Lotus 11, particularly this 1956 Lotus 11 Series 1 Le Mans for sale on, a car originally built for privateer racers who were serious about winning. Though we don’t know its competition history, we can see — thanks to the lack of paint — that it’s been treated to a thorough restoration and appears almost as fresh and new as when Lotus originally sold it. From the seller’s description:

The engine is a Coventry climax 1098 with twin SU carburetors. The engine is freshly rebuilt with all new parts, i.e., forged pistons, Carrillo rods, new crankshaft and all fully balanced. It is one of the earliest Lotus 11s since it has the Lotus 10 L-shaped differential. I purchased the car in 1978 in London from a dealer who had just imported the car to the U.K. from the U.S. We have restored the car over the past many years, with the finishing touches in the last two years. The car was re-bodied by Williams and Pritchard in 1982.

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Sacramento, California
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