1956 Lotus Eleven - Photo by ScufferQPD
An all-new racing car for 1956, the Lotus Eleven incorporated a tubular steel space frame and stressed aluminum panels for rigidity. The car was powered by a lightweight 1.1-liter Coventry Climax engine, could hit 143 mph, and finished seventh overall at Le Mans. Fully loaded the car weighs around 1,000 pounds. Other versioned cars had engine options with sizes from 750cc all the way to 1,500cc. In its primary 1,100 cc class, the Lotus Eleven was successful on the track and was piloted by drivers such as the great Stirling Moss. To this day, there are few cars that can match its beauty or feather-light package.