1957 Lotus 11 "le Mans"
1957 Lotus Eleven “LeMans”
Owner/Driver: Steve Sanett- Chatsworth CA
The Lotus Eleven, produced between 1956 and 1958, is considered one of Colin Chapman’s most successful designs. With a lightweight space frame and sleek aluminum body designed by noted aerodynamicist Frank Costin, the Eleven earned class victories at LeMans and Sebring, and a 750cc version won the Index of Performance at LeMans in 1957.
This particular Lotus Eleven, chassis no. 256 (of 270), was brought directly to the U.S. by importer Jay Chamberlain. It was featured in the March, 1957 issue of Road & Track magazine, where it was
on the cover.
Subsequently, #1 02 embarked on a lengthy racing career. Initially it was entered in local California Sports Car Club events by a young Jack Nethercutt – who is perhaps best known in the automotive world as the force behind the Nethercutt Collection and Museum in Sylmar, CA.
After seeing extensive duty in Cal Club and SCCA racing, #1 02 eventually made its mark on the vintage circuit, participating in events across North America at storied venues from Watkins Glen to Road Atlanta, Mid-Ohio, Indianapolis, and Laguna Seca.
Current owner Steve Sanett purchased # 1 02 from Seattle, WA racer Walt Cox in 2014 and returned the white Lotus Eleven to its Southern California root s. It has been groundup restored to like-new condition by Penta Motorsports in Canoga Park, CA – just a few miles from where # 1 02 first saw action at Paramount Ranch nearly 60 years ago.
Transmission: BMC 4-speed (with Hewland gears)
Chassis: Tubular steel space frame Wheelbase: 85″
Suspension: IFS and de Dion rear axle
Body: Hand-formed aluminum
Curb Weight: Approximately 950 lbs.
Engine: 1460cc Coventry Climax 4-cylinder L
Brakes: Girling disc (front and rear)