We’ve enthused in the past about the legendary Lotus Eleven, the model in which Steve McQueen learned to become a bona fide racing driver.

At RM Auctions’ upcoming Monterey sale, this amazing example is set to cross the block.

Winner of the 1983 Monaco Historic Grand Prix, the Lotus has competed in more then 250 historic sports car races on the world’s leading motor racing circuits, including Silverstone, Goodwood, Nürburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Laguna Seca and Palm Springs.

With a top speed of 165 mph from an aluminum Coventry-Climax engine, it’s a true bare-metal beauty…