1959 Lotus 17

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Vehicle is located in Virginia

Selling for $137,500

The Lotus 17 was designed and built in 1959 to compete with the Lola Mk. I, which had been beating the, then-current, Lotus 11. It emerged as a very successful Sports-racer after a re-design of the suspension produced the Mk. 11.

This is a late Mk. 17 and is very competitive in its class, having won first overall in the Endurance Championship (Group 4) in 1997 with SVRA. It was also awarded Ken Miles Award in 1999 at the Monterey Historics.

it was raced in U.S. by John Weinberger and Rick Crouch.


  • MacEachern 1460 cc Coventry Climax with reinforced lower end (rebuilt)
  • Fresh, no hours (only dyno time)
  • Strengthened plate for main bearings.
  • Compression ratio 13:1.
  • 140 HP @ 7000 rpm
  • 108 foot per pound torque @ 5300 RPM
  • JE Pistons
  • Carillo Rods
  • Moldex steel crankshaft
  • Ported and flowed cylinder head with port matched intake manifolds
  • Weber 45 DCOE Carbs
  • Tilton Aluminum flywheel
  • Tilton Racing 7.25” clutch
  • Tilton starter
  • Tilton annular hydraulic T.O. bearing
  • Custom ceramic control port matched stepped headers with sequential pulse collector.


  •  Richmond DGG 400 dog-ring gearbox (4 speed) with useable 1st gear, ratios 1st 19.33, 2nd 21.29, 3rd 24.28, with 4.88:1 CWP ratio and Salisbury type L.S. unit.
  • The differential housing has been modified to accept lip-type oil seals, differential has been disassembled, inspected and reassembled with new pinion seal.


  • Special aluminum front bearing hubs with track widening aluminum spacers
  • Fabricated steel lug stud retaining rings
  • Fabricated screw-on dust caps.
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Over front shock/spring units with Eibach springs
  • Special rear Chapman type strut/coil over shock units with adjustable camber feature at upper mounts
  • Special oversize “dogbone” rear lower control arms.
  • Improved roll bar and chasis stiffening side impact bars
  • Differential mount re-fabricated to ease remove and reinstall of differential
  • Rod ended front tie rods

Fuel cell:

  • Custom Fuel Safe fuel cell (made into original aluminum gas tank)
  • Electric fuel pump
  • Holley fuel pressure regulator with fuel pressure gauge
  • Fully Aeroquipped (10 size with remote spin-on filter head and 18 row oil cooler)


Custom 4″ thick aluminum radiator with special aluminum shrouding and in nose fiberglass ducting


  • Girling aluminum calipers (front and rear)
  • Brakes rebuilt for 2008
  • Balance bar brake pedal
  • Front brakes are O.B.D., rears are I.B.D
  • Fully Aeroquipped, ducting to front brakes


  • Stack “Classic” electronic memory tachometer
  • Smiths dual (oil pressure, water temperature) gauge – rebuilt and recalibrated
  • Stewart Warner oil temperature gauge
  • Low oil pressure light
  • Hour meter


  • Front suspension components
  • Spindles
  • Bearing hubs
  • Brake rotors and rear wheel stub axles
  • Wheel flanges
  • U-joint yokes and brake rotors were all Magnafluxed, or Zygloed.
  • All new front suspension bushings.
  • New differential stub axle bearings and O-rings
  • New rear hub “Nylos” seals
  • Front and rear wheel bearings cleaned, inspected and re-packed.


  • Excellent condition


  • Custom car cover
  • Used rear brake disc
  • Used clutch disc
  • New set brake shoes rear
  • Several boxes of used (but useable) brake shoes
  • Numerous wheel and other bearings
  • Bag full of rotors, dist cap, points, condensor, 6 new plugs
  • Several gearbox gears
  • Stub axle
  • 2 springs
  • Accelerator cable
  • Set of wheel studs front and rear
  • 20 plus new wheel nuts
  • Used brake cylinders
  • Used rad cap
  • Bag of new rubber bushes