This Lotus was built as a race car, and it is destined for more races in Britain and elsewhere. About 1,000 Elites were built between 1957 and 1963, and the cars won their class at Le Mans from 1959 to 1964. This thoroughbred model also won fame for terrific handling, and it remains competitive in some racing classes. This particular car sold for $68,774 at Bonhams' April 19 RAF Museum Auction in London.

On the racetrack the Elite lived up to Colin Chapman