DESCRIPTION1962 Lotus Elite Super 95 Chassis: 1251695 Engine: 9374 Body: EB1695 Rare US delivery, left hand drive car Professional Restoration Completed in 2011 Fully sorted by Canepa Faithfully Restored to Original Specifications Eligible for Countless Vintage Rallies and Shows This Elite is a rare left hand drive Series II Super 95. While the original owner is not known, the second owner acquired the Elite early and retained it until his passing in 2004. The next owner, an enthusiast who owned and raced Elites during the 1960s, purchased the car from the long-term owner's estate. Over the following next seven years, the car was given a ground-up mechanical and cosmetic restoration carried out by Essex Racing Services of Cumming, Georgia. The Coventry Climax engine was exactingly rebuilt by Nelson Engine Services to ensure impressive performance. All records of the restoration come with the car. After the restoration the Elite was offered for sale and purchased by its last owner, who intended to use the car for exhilarating driving and not merely static display. He entrusted Canepa with the sorting out of the car to make it as roadworthy as it was beautiful. $56,000 was invested into the Elite with every system being meticulously analyzed and optimized. Over 300 hours of work where put into the car: correct Avon tires were installed and the suspension corner weighted, lowered, and aligned; the engine was realigned in the chassis and the driveshaft balanced; a new differential was installed with a taller ratio for highway driving; the carburetors where removed, inspected and synchronized; all new fuel hoses were installed; the distributor was reshafted to improve timing; all the electrical was corrected and made operational; the rear bumper was restored, and new front bumperlettes where fabricated. The list of detailed work goes on and on The Elite Super 95 was Lotus's racecar for the street, and this example lives up to that moniker. This ideal British sports car has been driven less than 700 miles since it restoration, and is ready for its next owner to stretch its legs. About the Lotus Elite The Lotus Elite, also known as the Type 14, was designed as a GT car to compete against the successful Alfa Romeos, Abarths and Simcas of the period. Lotus produced just 1,030 Elites from 1958-63, and approximately 800 examples of all types remain today. They had great success in racing, for example Elites won their class six times at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as two Index of Thermal Efficiency wins. The Elite's most distinctive feature was its highly innovative fiberglass monocoque construction, in which a stressed-skin unibody replaced the previously separate chassis and body components. The later Series II Elites, such as this example, had a revised rear suspension, upgraded brakes, twin carburetors, an auxiliary oil cooler, a close-ratio ZF gearbox, a lo ...
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