The Eleven, produced between ’56 and ’58, was built by Lotus founder and lightweight sherpa Colin Chapman to enter the 1500 cc class. The low-drag sports car was sold for the street with a 36HP Ford engine and drum brakes. Club and Le Mans versions featured more powerful Coventry-Climax engines, disc brakes and (for the Le Mans) a De Dion rear axle. The Le Mans kissed 165 mph in 1955!! Only 270 Elevens were actually built, making them quite collectable (and valuable) today. To give you a sense of what these Elevens go for, this naked aluminum Series 1 (chassis #189), with an illustrious racing pedigree, fetched a cool $126K at an RM auction in 2012.
You don’t see one of these Elevens everyday, let alone outside of a general store in East Hampton. I can’t tell if it’s real or a kit car [lord knows there are plenty of people making them], but who really cares. It’s wicked cool to look at and likely an absolute blast to drive.
Thanks for the spot Zach!!