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1961 Lotus Elite Series II S.E.

  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Lotus
  • Model: Elite
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: Series II S.E.
  • Year: 1961
  • Mileage: 114,306
  • VIN: EB1526
  • Color: Gray
  • Engine size: Coventry Climax FWE
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Interior color: Black
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Location: Eden, Utah, United States


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BLACKSMITH GARAGE (801) 745-3658
Odometer: 114306 VIN: EB1526 Engine: Coventry Climax FWE Transmission: Manual Color: Grey
1961 Lotus Elite
1961 Lotus Elite Series II S.E.

1961 Lotus Elite Series II S.E.

Born of a rich racing heritage the 1961 Lotus Elite was cutting edge technology. The cars won their class 5 consecutive times at LaMans (‘57-‘62) and were winning the hearts of drivers and fans alike.

This ‘61 Lotus Elite is one of the few surviving examples with only 1037 produced and because so many were crashed during racing. Hemings estimates only 685 still exist. This well-preserved example has been cared for its entire life. Built for export with left hand drive this car is painted in charcoal grey. The car underwent a restoration in 1982 performed by Grand Prix SSR in Long Island, NY.

In 1982 the original engine was replaced with a rebuilt Coventry Climax FWE engine with twin carbs producing 95hp, 71 ft-lb of torque and weighs 1510 lbs. The engine runs extremely well, pulls hard through all the gears and sounds like a 60’s Ferrari when running. Induction is provided by Weber 40 DCOE carburetors, using ‘Cosworth’ style manifolds. This engine has the optional 5-bearing camshaft carrier, paired with the higher specification stock camshaft, providing .360” lift, set at a lobe center angle of 106 degrees.
In 2005 in conjunction with upgrading the gearbox from the stock MG to the optional ZF 4-speed all-synchro transmission, the engine was removed and fully sorted, to include a fresh valve job and the replacement of all bearings, gaskets, seals, rings, pumps, hoses, etc. During the reassemble, the castings were cleaned and deburred, surfaces were trued, reciprocating parts were dynamic balanced and ports were matched. The gearbox gaskets were replaced and clearances/tolerances checked. The differential output shaft bearings were replaced and clearances/tolerances checked. All u-joints were replaced, as were the inner and outer rear hub bearings and rear spline assemblies.

The car is extremely light and used a fiberglass monocoque construction Chassis Body Unit (CBU). The underside of the CBU is clean, rust free and in excellent condition. The car was extremely aerodynamic and had an incredibly low drag coefficient of 0.29, a number envied by car designers even today.

In 1982, the CBU was resprayed from its original light blue to graphite gray. The cars paint is in excellent condition for its age with surface stress crazing common on Lotus cars of this vintage or paint of this age. The car sports Lucas mirrors and all chrome bumpers, trim, badging and the door handles are in excellent condition. Window glass is in excellent condition with no rock chips or damage and rubber window seals look to be new. The car has very nice original chrome spoke wheels and excellent like new tires.

The trunk is in excellent condition and extremely clean with all carpet intact, clean and snug. Battery is located in the trunk complete with battery cover and jack.


Buyers are encouraged to inspect the vehicle in person or send a third party inspector. Please review and ask questions before bidding. We want to make sure you are satisfied with your purchase.

Questions contact Shawn at (801) 745-3658.

Terms of Sale

Winning bidder must submit a $1,000 non-refundable deposit within 24 hours of auction close. Full payment is due no later than 3 business days of auction close. Prompt payment of winning bid is appreciated.

Tax, Title and License: Local residents are responsible for applicable sales tax as well as title and licensing fees. If you live outside of our state, you are responsible for applicable tax, title and licensing fees in your area.

Note: If the deposit is not received within twenty-four hours or if the sale is not complete within 3 days of the close of the auction, we reserve the right to sell to the next highest bidder or to another qualified buyer.


We reserve the right to end this listing early as this vehicle is available for sale locally.

This vehicle is being sold as is, where is with no warranty, expressed written or implied. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle, and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgment solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle.

The advertised mileage represents the actual miles when the car was placed on eBay. These vehicles are test driven and actual mileage may differ at time of sale.

All used vehicles should be assumed to have some degree of wear. Each vehicle brand has its strengths, styles, tendencies, and shortcomings. Therefore, despite our best efforts to verify a vehicle's mechanical condition, we are not able to warranty a manufacturers workmanship or a previous owners diligence in care. It is for this reason that all vehicles are sold "AS IS" and there are no mechanical guarantees expressed or implied.

Contact Info
(801) 745-3658 SHAWN
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