Lot 329: Lotus Elan 26R Series 1
When Lotus announced the Elan people immediately made plans to race it. Colin Chapman, however, was adamant that the Elan was a road car not a racing car. Despite his strictures, people assumed that anything with a Lotus badge had to be a racer. Since people would insist on racing the Elan, Lotus instituted a development programme and from that came a competition model, the 26R. Very few genuine 26Rs were built, approximately 97, and they remain today among the most collectible of Lotus sports racing cars. Lotus never raced a works Elan 26R and it was left to privateer teams such as Walker Racing and Chequered Flag to take on the challenge of competing in them. However, Colin Chapman did allow his works drivers, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart and Sir John Whitmore to pilot the 26R and he was extremely interested in the modifications that his customers introduced. In the 1964 season the 26R took the British and European GT scene by storm and dominated their class. The most successful 26R driver was future Lotus F1 driver John Miles. In 1966 he drove one to win the Autosport Championship with 15 race wins: "This resulted in fascinating battles, which saw the Ferraris, Jaguars and Aston Martins rush away on the straights with the Elan hunting them down again on braking and through the corners. Chassis number 22 has recently returned from America after a long exile. During its residency in the United States, the car was campaigned at Laguna Seca and the Wine County Classic. Since its return to England this 26R has undergone general race preparations at Kelvedon Lotus (Kelsport). More specifically, recent work includes a new FIA 26R chassis, aluminium radiator, seat belt, fire extinguisher and full rollcage. Kelvedon Lotus have been racing, developing and restoring road and race Lotus cars for 35 years and their vehicles are consistently invited to prestigious race meetings, such as the Goodwood Revival. A strong entrant to the world's most glamorous racing events, this little Elan has the ability to race amongst serious competition and beat them. It is supplied with current HTP papers and is a fine entry to real historic racing at the very highest level.
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