Lotus XI Le Mans - 151

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LOTUS XI LE MANS RACER


 

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There were a lot of firsts in 1958 and no shortage of them here - the first track racing sportster, the first Lotus, the first with moulded headlamps. Real nice model too.

This is the original release. It is identifiable by the metal steering wheel and the fact that the trailing edges of the windscreen are squared off, in the later1961 151a release there are round pegs holding the windscreen down. Interestingly while all the other make-overs in 1961 were given the 'S' suffix, for suspension, the Lotus got an 'A', because it was too small to fit suspension under the bodywork, so all it got was a driver, new decals and a revised windscreen.

The first release Lotus XI was added to the range in July 1958, it was revised to 151A in 1961. The early releases are either metallic silver with red trim, red or bright blue. The price guides list it in red, but that is not mentioned in the Great Book of Corgi, however it does exist, I've seen it! Most of the early cars are silver, a very few are red or blue and these get a very significant premium.


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