The Lost Lotus: Restoring a Race Car

The Lost Lotus: Restoring a Race Car


“From the front, it looks like a frog,” says Philip Glenister when he sees the half-restored but once beautiful 1958 Lotus Elite he now owns half of. His co-presenter Ant Antstead found the 58-year-old racer in a Stoke garage and the pair plan to rebuild it, race it at Silverstone and sell it at auction – with any luck, for a profit.

The trouble is, the body is painted a bilious green and as they sand it down they find underneath all the colours it has been before – red, yellow, blue, black, and the original pastel shade it had when it modelled for Lotus at the 1958 Earls Court Motor Show. So they set about bringing back its glory days.


Philip Glenister and Ant Anstead restore a 1950s Lotus Elite that was designed and built by Formula 1 engineer Colin Chapman as a prototype for the production models that followed. They plan to take it on to the track at Silverstone for the biggest classic car event of the year - even though this risks the vehicle being damaged before it can be sold at auction.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Philip Glenister
Presenter Ant Anstead
Director Tim Gaunt
Executive Producer Richard McKerrow
Producer Tim Gaunt