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Transporting a Lotus Eleven in style


Transporting a Lotus Eleven in style
Lotus Eleven owners must gather at H&H’s auction today at Woodcote Park in Epsom, Surrey. The reason is lot number 34, which offers a rather unique chance to become the owner of the ultimate fitting transporter for their racing car: a replica of Mike Anthony’s Standard Vanguard transporter that was used to carry his Lotus Eleven to circuits around Europe in the mid-1950s.

The car is based on a Phase 2 Saloon but with stretched wheelbase to carry its load and artfully crafted cab to do so to the driver and a passenger. Originally the Standard was powered by a 2-litre four-cylinder mated to a three-speed manual gearbox plus overdrive. That’s the way Mike must have travelled in his. However, this particular transporter has been upgraded with a significantly more powerful, overhauled 2.5-litre six-cylinder Triumph engine for better high-speed cruising and reliability. From the seller’s information: “Finished in British Racing Green with green leather upholstery, it retains a host of original features like semaphore indicators but also boasts niceties such as modern air suspension and an electric winch that greatly aid loading and unloading. It would be a sure-fire attraction in any competition paddock area.” See it here.

Judging from a model that was made of the original car, the flatbed conversion was not quite the same as it should be. We do like it, though, and perhaps the new owner is able to further perfectionize its looks? It is, by the way, not the first time a replicated Lotus-hauler is replicated. This Ford Thames pick-up was seen some time ago also.

(Words editor, pictures H&H auctioneers)

  

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