1960 Lotus Type 18 Formula Junior Monoposto  Chassis no. 703

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Lot 271
1960 Lotus Type 18 Formula Junior Monoposto
Chassis no. 703

€ 50,000 - 60,000US$ 56,000 - 67,000
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1960 Lotus Type 18 Formula Junior Monoposto
Chassis no. 703
‘I always regard the Lotus 18 as my first Grand Prix design… forget the earlier front-engined cars, the Lotus 16s, they were really Formula 2 designs stretched for Formula 1. As far as I am concerned when they kept breaking we eventually threw the whole bunch of ingredients up in the air and started again – and the result was the 18, and it started winning…’ – Colin Chapman.
Introduced for the 1960 season, the Type 18 was Lotus’s first mid-engined Grand Prix car design. 1960 was the last year of the 2½-Litre Formula 1 and the Lotus 18 won that year’s Monaco Grand Prix, driven by Stirling Moss. The same car/driver combination triumphed again at Monte Carlo the following year, the first of the 1½-Litre Formula 1, and the highly versatile Type 18 would prove adaptable to both Formula 2 and Formula Junior applications.
As its name so aptly suggested, Formula Junior was the main ‘feeder’ racing class for Formula 1 and other more senior forms of motor sport in the early 1960s. The spaceframe Type 18 was Lotus’s first foray into this hotly contested series. Almost invariably fitted with a Cosworth-modified Ford 105E engine, it proved to be the class of the field, Team Lotus works drivers Jim Clark and Trevor Taylor dominating the 1960 season.
One of 125 Lotus 18s produced, chassis number ‘703’ has the Ford 105E engine and Colotti gearbox, and has been raced by Scuderia Madonina in recent years. Presented in very good condition and ready to race, the car is offered with FIA papers.

Cette voiture dont le châssis porte le numéro "105", une des cent vingt-cinq Lotus 18 produites, est équipée du moteur Ford 105E et d'une boîte Colotti. Elle a couru ces dernières années sous les couleurs de la "Scuderia Madonina". En très bon état de présentation et prête à courir, cette monoplace comporte ses papiers FIA.

Saleroom notices

  • Since publication of the catalogue, this car has been the subject of further research by the Formula Junior Historic Racing Association (FJHRA), who (inter alia) maintain a record of all Formula Junior cars and races. The chassis and frame numbers quoted in the catalogue (703) and (105) respectively are not correct; and indeed, chassis 703 resides in NZ, where it has been for many years. The correct frame number, located exactly where one would expect to find it on an original Lotus 18, is 103, and this indicates that the car was part of a batch beginning approximately with chassis number 800 that were delivered to the US importer, Chamberlain, in late 1960. The car is stated to have been sold by New England Classics of Stratford, Connecticut approximately 20 years ago and to have been owned and raced by well known Italian Formula Junior protagonist, Pierluigi Mapelli, and then Alberto Redaelli, although further research will be required to establish any race record during their tenures in the 1990s, particularly as the old FIA papers (HVIF) that accompany the car, which do erroneously refer to it as 703 – (clearly a misreading of the frame number )- were not issued in Italy until year 2000 Provided that the car remains in the specification as shown in the HVIF, then FJHRA confirm that, subject to obtaining a new FIA HTP, the car will be eligible for both the prestigious FIA Lurani Trophy series and also the “Millers Oils” UK Formula Junior championship.
1960 Lotus Type 18 Formula Junior Monoposto  Chassis no. 703
1960 Lotus Type 18 Formula Junior Monoposto  Chassis no. 703
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