Ex-Graham Hill Lotus 49 to be auctioned at Goodwood

| 17 Feb 2014

An historically important ex-Graham Hill Lotus 49 is to be sold by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The 49B is the last Lotus to be sold from the world-famous collection of the late John Dawson-Damer, who was killed in an accident in a Lotus 63 at Goodwood in 2000.

The DFV-powered chassis R8 was original built as a Tasman car and was raced by Hill in early 1969 (pictured at Lakeside in the main image).

After it was shipped back to the UK it was used by Richard Attwood at Monaco and then uprated to 49B spec for Hill to race in the British Grand Prix.

Lotus sold the car on to Jo Bonnier and the Swedish ace moved it on to South African racer Dave Charlton. Dawson-Damer later acquired the car from Piet de Klerk and Mayer Botha and restored it. 

James Knight, Bonhams' group motoring director, said: “By every standard, Colin Chapman’s Lotus 49 concept is an absolute landmark in Formula 1 design. It simply raised the bar for every rival manufacturer, and its Cosworth-Ford V8 engine went on to win a record 155 World Championship Grands Prix.

"This car, chassis ‘R8’, was Graham Hill’s – it was also raced by that wonderful driver Richard Attwood to set fastest lap at Monaco in 1969, and private owner Dave Charlton drove it to become South African national Champion. Add the excellent provenance of it being offered direct from the famous Dawson-Damer Collection and plainly ‘R8’ is an iconic car.”