Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Bogus Lotus

Just a quickie post on a fascinating car I've been watching on ebay all week- the Bogus Lotus!

This was initially listed as a Miller Special, but from the mumblings from the west coast Hmod community, and my own eyes, I'm gonna guess that Don Miller didn't build this baby.
 For one thing, Hmod guru Joe Puckett didn't cite the car as a Miller when he included it in his Big Men Little Cars book, which the seller helpfully photographed.   That's not definitive - Puckett made some goofs in the book -  but I think Puckett and pals would have known if this car had Miller lineage.
 But really, who cares? It's pretty amazing, whoever built it, and the restoration is stunning.  I'm curious why they chose to paint the tops of the fenders gold, but that's a small detail.  Really the car is very tastefully done, and the copious amounts of detail shots the seller added late truly show off the finish and the little things, like the sealed bottom and the hundreds of holes drilled for lightness. 
The car is currently at just over $13,000 with two and a half days to go.  Reserve is already met, so this one's gonna end up in somebody's stocking this year!


d a v i d e said...

I've seen a lotus one just out of the workshop, ready to go up the hill at goodwood. without the bodywork on it looked like the driver was going to sit in a sunbathing bathtube or something. the aluminium was so shiny and clean that I would have easily decided it was the most appropriate place to have a meal on. that little thing shouts "motorsport".
amazing machines.

Ol' Man Foster said...

That they are- I love seeing them at the vintage races and was fascinated to learn that the aluminum skin is so thin you can dent it with your fingers!

Darrell Wilhelm said...

If a real Eleven or a Westfield isn't small enough and a Kokopelli is too big, and you don't like British engines but can't stand the complication of a Miata mill or a 4AGE, here is your car.

Very cool.