Wheels

SB2237 has had a number of different sets of wheels during its lifetime.

In 1968 it had Elan wheels, suggesting that it may very well have been delivered with these. As can be seen from the picture, no hubcaps were fitted, and the tires were quite narrow.

Later, likely when used for racing, it was fitted with American Racing Libre magnesium wheels and wider tires. These were on the car when it was brought back to the UK, but they were unfortunately lost (as was the  steering wheel) previous to the restoration.

When restored in 1993, the car was fitted with a set of new Minilite style wheels.

Although the Minilites were nice period wheels, we have since sourced a set of Elan wheels and use these both with and without Lotus hubcaps.

Finally, we have fitted 145/80 tires. Although these are probably close to the tires that were on the car when it was delivered back in the 1967, they do look a bit narrow, and we are thinking of increasing the tire width slightly next time. On the other hand, wider tires might not fit inside the narrow rear wings – and the Standard 10 axle is probably better off with as little grip as possible.

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