1961 Lotus Type 22 Formula Junior

Lot Number: 642

1961 Lotus Type 22 Formula Junior

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


LIVE AUCTION: This lot was auctioned on Sunday 6th March, 2022 at 2.00pm GMT at RAF Museum London

  • Body Colour

    BRG/Lotus Yellow

  • Drive


  • Registration Number



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


  • 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
  • Does not currently have FIA papers
  • Most recently its had a check over by British GT team Enduro Motorsport in Cheshire.
  • Perfect condition - better than new!

 The Lotus 22 Formula Junior was a further development of Type 20 with a stiffer tubular frame made of thicker metal and other stabilising chassis elements. The car now featured Girling disc brakes all around and now externally mounted. The front suspension was essentially unchanged, while the rear suspension followed the concept of the ’61 Lotus 21 Formula One car so that the Lotus 22 no longer used the driveshafts as overhead suspension points, but instead added overhead camber links. The car was now on 13-inch wheels front and rear, and the track had been widened again slightly compared to the Type 20. The 1.1-litre Ford Cosworth engine, now with dry sump lubrication and at that time already guaranteed 100bhp, was installed at an angle of 30 degrees to the right in order to make the body more aerodynamic at the rear and to lower the centre of gravity. The Type 22 was also delivered from the factory with four-speed gearboxes based on Renault or VW transmissions.

#22-J-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, as well as HSR, SVRA, and VRG logbooks and a Gold Medallion from SVRA, however, it does not currently have FIA accreditation.

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. It's now UK-based and has recently had a check over by British GT team Enduro Motorsport in Cheshire. Silverstone Auctions has been fortunate to sell cars from the Koons Collection in the past and the quality is second to none.




Lot Number
Registration Number
Chassis Number
Body Colour
BRG/Lotus Yellow



For further information regarding this lot please contact Lionel.



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