Colin Chapman’s Lotus Eleven | Barn Find Hunter

by Hagerty
11 April 2023

We advocate for getting out and using your car at Hagerty, but sometimes there’s as much joy to be had on foot – searching for other cars, of course.

That’s where we join the Barn Find Hunter, Tom Cotter, in the beautiful Boothbay Harbor in Maine, in the Northeastern US. Rather than drive, walking around allows Cotter to take a friendly look into garages as he meanders down the road, and discover hidden cars with interesting stories along the way.

Highlight of this week’s episode of Barn Find Hunter is a Lotus Eleven – and not just any Eleven, but one driven, and raced, by Colin Chapman himself, along with other well-known drivers including Scot, Gregor Grant at the 1957 Mille Miglia, Cliff Allison, and Grand Prix winner Innes Ireland.

You should watch the video for the story of the car, and how its current owner came to find it, but there are several other interesting discoveries in the episode too, from an MGA owned for 50 years, to a Ferrari 308 GTS, an MG TD bought for $225, and a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, adding a little American flavour to an otherwise European-themed episode.

Whichever your favourite – and it’s hard not to gravitate towards that Lotus – it’s a good reminder to get out and about on foot as well as in your classic, as you never know quite what you’ll find when travelling just a little slower…

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