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1961 Lotus Type 20/22 Formula Junior

Lot Number: 409

1961 Lotus Type 20/22 Formula Junior

Superbly prepared, this evocative little Lotus is eligible for some of the most prestigious racing events around the globe.

  • Sold for: £65,250

LIVE AUCTION: This lot was auctioned on Sunday 28th March, 2021 at 10.00am GMT at Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh Rd, Coventry, CV8 2LG

SUMMARY

Superbly prepared, this evocative little Lotus is eligible for some of the most prestigious racing events around the globe.

DESCRIPTION

  • Chassis no. #22 J 901 on offer from the Robert "Bob" Koons Collection
  • Expertly restored by Rick Parent at a cost of some $85,000
  • Eligible for the most exclusive vintage racing events including Monaco, Goodwood and Monterey Historics
  • Accompanied by HSR, SVRA and VRG logbooks and a Gold Medallion from SVRA
  • Lot location: Nurburgring, Germany. Sold in absentia. Available to view in Germany and will need to be collected from there
  • Perfect condition - better than new!

While the first rear-engined Lotus single-seater racing design was the epochal Type 18 of 1960, the first to adopt what became the definingly sleek, pretty, and elegant Lotus Formula Junior body shape was the replacement Type 20 of 1961. Featuring the new 115bhp, 1098cc, Cosworth four fed by two twin-choke Webers, a Hewland MkVIII Transaxle, 4-Wheel Independent Suspension and 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes, the Type 20 had jam-packed—more or less—the same component parts as the Type 18 into an even smaller, more aerodynamic racing car. The Lotus 20 dominated Formula Junior racing through 1961 with ‘Works’ drivers Trevor Taylor and Peter Arundell shining in particular, winning fifteen times between them. Prior to his sports car and Grand Prix career, private owner/driver Jo Siffert also enjoyed success with seven victories in his Type 20.

#22J 901 is believed to have been raced in the UK during the 1960s. Its first known owner in the UK was the well-known racer Alan Baillie and subsequently he sold the car to Bob Hollander in Canada. For many years, it is known to have been ‘vintage’ raced in the US since the 1980s by Mr Robert McClenagan and at that time was maintained then by Mike Gourley at Continental Coachworks.

In the mid-2000s, the Lotus joined the renowned collection of the late Robert "Bob" Koons and was subject to a comprehensive restoration in 2009 by noted restorer, Rick Parent. It’s been raced in recent years at prominent events, including SVRA races at Watkins Glen International Raceway, Amelia Island Vintage Grand Prix, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the rapid Lotus finished first overall. The car is offered with many records from the restoration, FIA paperwork, as well as HSR, SVRA, and VRG logbooks and a Gold Medallion from SVRA.

This splendid Lotus Formula Junior is eligible for some of the most prestigious racing events around the globe, including the Monaco Classic GP, Goodwood Revival, and Monterey Historics and it's been confirmed that the car is acceptable to race in HFJ by Duncan Rabagliati.

Looking very much like its 1961 Mk 21 Formula One sister that won the 1961 USA Grand Prix driven by Innes Ireland, this stunning Formula Junior is beautifully prepared as you might expect with an $85,000 restoration in the 2000s, which for a small single-seater, is certainly going some. Silverstone Auctions has been fortunate to sell cars from the Koons Collection in the past and the quality is second to none.

Please note the Junior is being sold in absentia and can be viewed at the Nurburgring in Germany.

Now that the UK has left the EU, import VAT at 5% will be payable by buyers importing this vehicle from Germany to the UK at the time of import. It is the responsibility of the buyer to settle these charges. Please contact our transport partners, EM Rogers, if you need assistance with shipping.

 

CONSIGNOR

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For further information regarding this lot please contact Lionel.

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