Is this £30,000 Lotus (no, not that other Lotus) the most expensive bike we’ve ever had on here? Not quite. We had to search for it, but we were able to trace that honor back to this Pinarello Banesto bici crono ridden by Big Mig.
Hey, it’s for a good cause!
Being Sold for CHARITY
(Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary)
With much regret it is time to find a new home for this incredible Lotus Sports Bike which was purchased direct from Lotus back in 1992 – It is one of the 15 type 108’s and the exact same model that won Chris Boardman a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics
Used it just once ! so it still looks the same as it did when it was delivered
It has been kept in its yellow case all these years and I am selling it to raise funds for Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary (www.towerhillstables.com) which cares for around 400 rescued animals – The sanctuary has to find £8,000 every month to feed everyone and is desperate to buy more land to secure a home for the residents ! ..and so we have made the decision to let this incredible bike go to a collector
I have had to say ‘collection in person’ below, but clearly we will work with anyone to deliver anywhere in the World via specialist courier
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia:
Lotus Type 108 bicycle
The Lotus Type 108 (originally known as LotusSport Pursuit Bicycle) is an Olympic individual pursuit bicycle. The revolutionary frame is an advanced aerofoil cross-section using a carbon composite monologue.
The use of monologue frames for bikes is not new, but their development was improved through the work of Norfolk based designer Mike Burrows, who advanced both the design and build through utilising carbon fibre mouldings.
Burrows’ design was initially rejected by British cycling manufacturers. However, it was to be received more enthusiastically by the British Cycling Federation. The design was considered illegal by the UCI. Therefore the project was prematurely shelved in 1987.
In 1990, the UCI revoked the ban on monologue frames. Shortly after this, Lotus Engineering became involved in the project through a friend of Burrows who took his design to the Lotus factory. The potential was evident and Lotus’ knowledge and aptitude at using carbon fibre techniques allowed the design to finally realise its potential. By February 1992, Lotus Engineering had acquired the rights and marketed the bike as the LotusSport Bike. In addition, the design was modified and perfected through a series of wind tunnel tests, by the Lotus aerodynamics specialist Richard Hill.
The profile of Lotus and Burrows was raised at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. A new world record of 4 minutes 24.496 seconds was established as well as Chris Boardman winning the 4000m pursuit, catching World Champion Jens Lehmann in the final. The publicity of this medal, the first British cycling medal at the Olympics in 72 years, confirmed to Lotus the potential of marketing a production version. This was to become the Lotus Type 110.
A total of fifteen Type 108s were built including one prototype in 1991, as well as three frames for use in the Olympic Games. A further eight replicas were offered for sale at £15,000 each.
Of the fifteen, at least two are on display, one at the Lotus Factory at Hethel, and Boardman’s hour record bike at the Museum of Liverpool. A third example is on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, located in Birmingham, AL, USA.