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Jon Leighton, the original owner of the car giving it an early work out at Brands Hatch in the UK. Richard Fewster meets Jon Leighton (the car's first owner)
in England in 2002.
Jon Leighton showing his stuff
at Port Wakefield in
the 1950's.
    The car in action at the Classic Adelaide Rally.

The Lotus Eleven was a racing/sports car produced from 1956 to 1958 by Lotus Engineering in London, England. A synthesis of ideas and proven concepts from earlier Lotus competition cars, it incorporated the latest in aerodynamic theory, engine, suspension and brake technology.


The Lotus Eleven became the most prolific racing car of its time, and for several years dominated its class throughout the world.


Over two hundred Elevens have survived and are prized by their owners as examples of the ultimate lightweight,
front-engine, road-going race car.


This car is fitted with a full race Coventry Climax FWA engine and close ratio 4 speed BMC gearbox.
The car was imported into Australia in 1958 by Jon Leighton, son of the founder of Leighton Constructions.

The car has an extensive racing history. Originally fitted with a Ford-Wilment overhead valve conversion engine, the
car blitzed its class during its early Australian racing career.Periodically the car, which is also road registered, competes or participates in motor sport events around Australia.


Prior to being purchased by Richard Fewster in 1998, the car spent nearly 10 years as a show piece in the living
room of its previous owner in Queensland. Since then it has undergone a significant mechanical rebuild including
the fitting of a new Coventry Climax engine.


A significant feature of the car is its originality (with the exception of the engine) including drum brakes on all four wheels and suspension.


Lotus MK VI l Lotus Eleven l Lotus Elite l Amilcar l Coventry Climax l Zeta l Scootamota l Ransomes MG6


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