For our final installment from Bonhams‘ incredible Quail Lodge auction in Carmel, California this week, we bring you a  of the most beautiful sports racers of the 1950s of a type beloved by the King of Cool.

This 1956 Lotus Eleven Series 1 sports-racing two-seater  won the 1983 Monaco Historic Grand Prix.

Nearly identical to the one owned and raced by Steve McQueen

The bare metal beauty is nearly identical to the one owned and raced by Steve McQueen in which he learned to become a bona fide racing driver.

A steal at up to $125,000, the Lotus has competed in more then 250 historic sports car races on the world’s leading motor racing circuits, including Silverstone, Goodwood, Nurburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Laguna Seca and Palm Springs.

Thanks to its 1100cc overhead-camshaft racing engine, this model is also aptly known also as the Lotus-Climax.

We’ll let you write the jokes….

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