Jim Clark’s Lotus Elite up for auction – purchase your own piece of history!
A 1962 Lotus Elite given to legend Jim Clark by Colin Chapman in lieu of salary is up for grabs in RM Sotheby’s forthcoming auction in London
A Lotus Elite Super 95 once owned by legendary two-time Formula 1 champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Jim Clark will be offered for sale by RM Sotheby’s in September.
Even more amazingly, the Elite was given to Clark by Lotus boss Colin Chapman in early 1962 in lieu of payment for Clark’s services as a Team Lotus racing driver. It’s a rare opportunity to purchase one of Clark’s machines.
- Why there was so much more to Jim Clark than statistics
- Also at the sale: Pop star Rod Stewart’s Lamborghini Miura!
- Lotuses for sale on AutoClassics
The original logbook is included, and is signed by the great man. The car also retains many of its original features such as its chassis plate and Bristol Aircraft body plate, while the engine matches the logbook.
This Elite is one of only 23 Super 95s made. These models boasted features still present on this car such as a more powerful engine, modified carburettors, vacuum servo-assisted brakes, long-range fuel tank and a dual-tone paint finish.
The car is also being sold with a Hobbs Mechamatic gearbox, which is not currently fitted. In effect this was the first sequential ’box, and was fitted to the car by Clark.
William Smith, car specialist at RM Sotheby’s, said: ‘Cars previously owned by Jim Clark are rarely ever sold, and this would be the ultimate collector’s item that can still be driven in spirit to this day.’
‘With the Lotus Elite, a bygone era of motorsport is represented thanks to the very obvious connection with Jim Clark, who lived and breathed the brand in its most successful era.’
The Elite is estimated to fetch between £150,000 and £200,000 at the auction, which is set to take place on September 5 at Battersea Evolution.
You can read more information on the sale here.
Classic Cars for Sale
1969 Plymouth Road Runner Factory “M” Code 440 Six Pack. Restored by JULIUS CARS (King of Mopar Restorations). EXTREMELY Collectible. www.motorcarcompany.com Body Style: 2dr Hardtop Coupe Engine: 8-cyl. 440cid/390hp 3x2bbl Six Pack M-Code Engine 3 Holley 2-Barrell Carburetors VIN: RM23M9A294942 Exterior Color: R4 Performance Red Interior Color: Black Transmission
Signal Red with a tan leather interior and matching convertible top. This numbers matching 190SL Roadster drives as well as it looks. It was restored and comes with detailed restoration records as well as its original owner’s manual, service records. The original Solex carburetors also accompany this 190SL as it has been upgraded with Weber carburetors to improve the drivability.
1956 Austin-Healey 100M LeMans Roadster Rare Factory-Installed Le Mans Modifications Body-Off Restoration Completed in 2012 Certified by the 100M Registry Matching-Numbers Certification by the BMIHT FIVA Inspected and Approved Low-Mileage Example Body Style: 2dr Roadster Engine: 2,660 CC OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine Two SU HS6 Carburetors (110 BHP) VIN: BN2L229821 E
Black paint 1968 Camaro great looks and performance, 350CI engine, automatic transmission, red vinyl interior. The front buckets and rear seats bring interior together perfectly. Options include air conditioning, AM/FM radio, power steering, power brakes, seat belts, radial tires, alloy rims. This is a very clean car.