Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR

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Lot 75
Offered from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer
1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR

US$ 35,000 - 45,000
€ 30,000 - 39,000
To be sold without reserve
Withdrawn
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer
1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR

1,098cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Dual Weber Carburetors
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*A veteran Formula Junior with a good history
*Originally raced in New Zealand
*Professionally restored
*Equipped with a fuel cell and fire system
*Supplied with log-books from several vintage racing organizations



THE LOTUS 20 FORMULA JUNIOR

Successor to the Lotus 18, the Lotus 20 Formula Junior with its more streamlined body and lay-down driving position was introduced at the 1961 Racing Car Show, with the company taking orders for the 1962 season. Powered by a 1098cc Cosworth engine, the space-framed, fiberglass-bodied Lotus 20 featured double-wishbones and coil-over shocks in front with the rear comprising lower wishbones and coil-overs. The fixed-length half-shaft served as the upper link. Brakes were front discs and rear inboard drums.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Accompanying signed documentation and statements from prior owners confirm that this is the Lotus 20/22 raced by the extremely successful Kiwi driver Jim Palmer, who drove it - fitted with a 1500cc engine – in the 1962 New Zealand Grand Prix. In the early 1970s, it passed into the hands of vintage racer Chris Read of Dunedin, NZ, who stated that it had been converted by that point into a Formula Ford. Read sold the car to the late Ken White, who in 1990 sold the car to Mark Leonard at Grand Prix Classics in La Jolla, California, in trade for a Formula 5000 chassis. GPC sold the car to Gregory Collis of Syracuse, New York, who restored it to Lotus 20/22 specification, including the 22's rear disc-brakes. In 1995, the car was sold to John Beerling of Omaha, Nebraska, who in turn sold the car in 1997 to Dave Tourtelot. In 2005, the car was sold to Mark Sange.

Tony Hart purchased this car in 2007. Mr. Hart has gone to great effort to ascertain whether this chassis is indeed a real Lotus 20, or a replica chassis crafted in period by Jim Palmer as a back-up racing car, using correct Lotus components. Mr. Palmer insists that it is a real Lotus, but there are others who say it may be a Palmer-built replica. In either case, the car has been restored to correct Formula Jr. specification with a modern fuel cell and fire system. It has enjoyed a decades-long vintage racing career. It is supplied with logbooks from CSRG, SVRA, and Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing Limited.

Footnotes

  • Offered on a Bill of Sale.

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Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
Property from the Tony Hart Collection - The ex-Jim Palmer,1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR
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