1957 Lotus XI

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The Lotus Eleven is a sports racing car built in various versions by Lotus from 1956 until 1958. The later versions built in 1958 are sometimes referred to as Lotus 13, although this was not an official designation. In total, about 270 Elevens of all versions were built.

Despite the wide variety of engines installed, the car was primarily designed to compete in the 1100 cc class where it was one of the most successful cars during the mid- to late-1950s. In 1956, an Eleven, modified by Costin with a bubble canopy over the cockpit, was driven by Stirling Moss to a class world record of 143 mph (230 km/h) for a lap at Monza. Several class victories at Le Mans and Sebring followed, and the Eleven became Lotus' most successful race car design. A 750cc version won the Index of Performance at Le Mans in 1957.

Perhaps the car's most notable race result was 7th overall at the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans, driven by Reg Bicknell and Peter Jopp

 
Grand Prix Models; Lotus 11; 1957 24h Le Mans 9th; Chamberlain & MacKay-Fraser; RN62 Quartzo QLM028; Lotus Eleven; 1957 24h Le Mans 9th; Chamberlain & McKay-Fraser; RN62 Quartzo QLM025; Lotus Eleven; 1957 24h Le Mans 14th; Alison & Hall; RN55    
Grand Prix Models; Lotus 11; 1957 24h Le Mans 9th; Chamberlain & MacKay-Fraser; RN62 Quartzo QLM028; Lotus Eleven; 1957 24h Le Mans 9th; Chamberlain & McKay-Fraser; RN62 Quartzo QLM025; Lotus Eleven; 1957 24h Le Mans 14th; Alison & Hall; RN55    

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