1962 Lotus Other Lotus Models
Car for sale by Park Place LTD in Bellevue, Washington 98005
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1962 Lotus Other Lotus Models $225,000
This car was originally sold to BRP (Released against Stirling Moss Formula 1 money), which stood for British Racing Partners, and was owned by legendary British racer/entrepreneur Stirling Moss, his father Alfred, and Ken Gregory, Stirlings business manager. Their sponsor was the finance house UDT-Laystall, UDT standing for United Dominion Trust.
The car was entered by UDT, as a semi-factory car, in LeMans with drivers Les Leston and Tom Shelly. The famous LeMans debacle is well documented, as two Lotus 23s were basically forced, by the French Team, into not racing claiming the cars would have been too competitive and Colin Chapman was so mad he never entered a Lotus in LeMans again.
The controversial decision and debacle caused quite a stir among racing circles and is well documented.
The car was sold shortly after LeMans and driven by Bernard Consten and Jose Rosinski to a First Place finish at both July 15, 1962 FIA Makes Auvergne Trophy Event and the 1000 Kms of Montlihery held Oct 21, 1962. At Auvergne it finished ninth overall behind six Ferraris and an Aston Martin DB4G7 and 37 other cars entered.
The car competed successfully in many races by Consten and Rosinski and later by Vincent Palermo in France when owned by ETS Royal-P Elysees importers of Lotus in France. It was subsequently sold to Ito Misuo of Japan where it lay dormant in a collection before coming to California in 1994.
The professionally rebuilt engine is a high-strung Lotus 1,600cc Twin Cam 4-Cylinder with dual Weber sidedraft carburettors, thats paired to a newly installed Hewland Mk IX Transmission (with the original Tailshifter transmission included). The car has been masterfully maintained by Vintage Racing Motors in Redmond, WA for its last 10 wonderful years of Vintage racing by David Bingham, winning the 2001 USRRC Under two liter Sports Racing Championship, racing on the west coast including the Monterey Historics with a few stints back east at Road America, and at Watkins Glen. Included with this fabulous piece of auto racing history are; Tail Shifter Gearbox, Logbooks, Extra Rear Clip, Binders filled with History and Provenance pertaining to this amazing race car. Original Seat and Original Steering Wheel.
This amazing Lotus 23 has been owned, raced, and loved by Bellevue, WA Lotus Dealer David Bingham (Park Place Motors, Lotus of Bellevue, Park Place Aston Martin) for 20 some years and will surely be a cherished addition to its new owner - whether Vintage Racer, Collector or Museum.
For more information on adding one of the few 1962 Lotus 23 Sports Racing Cars known to exist to your collection, contact one of our friendly and knowledgeable sales consultants today or always feel free to drop by our 40,000 sq ft of Indoor Showrooms in Bellevue, WA - Home to the West Coasts most exciting inventory of Luxury, Exotic, Sports and Collectible Cars. With 200+ Always On Site, Nobody Has What We Have!
1962 Lotus Other Lotus Models Specifications
Classic Car ID100855049
Stock Number1962 Lotus
Trim Body Style
Exterior ColorBritish Racing Green
Custom Exterior ColorN/A
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