Launched at the Earl’s Court Motor Show 50 years ago in October 1957, the Elite captured the attention of the international press for its styling, advanced design and revolutionary glass fiber monocoque construction. Its subsequent racing success in the hands of the like of Jim Clark, Les Leston, John Whitmore, Frank Gardner et al is renowned, including the class wins at 24 Hour Le Mans —a stunning six years in a row. It has since become one of the significant classics, revered for its style and performance.
This watercolor celebrates significant models around the Earl’s Court car.
Clockwise from the top:
“DADIO” Les Leston
#17 Jim Clark in the Border Reivers car
“WUU 2″ 8th outright and 1st in class Le Mans 1959
#39 10th outright and 1st in class Le Mans 1963
“LOV 1” Graham Warner
“EL 5” Ian Walker in the first Elite.
A limited edition print is available through Coterie Press