Want to own Jim Clark's Lotus Elite?

| 9 Jul 2018
Classic & Sports Car – Want to own Jim Clark's Lotus Elite?

Yes, this really is Jim Clark's 1962 Lotus Elite Super 95 and, yes, you read that right, it is coming to auction.

It's been confirmed as a lot in RM Sotheby's London sale at Battersea Evolution on 5 September and is sure to attract serious attention – especially as this year marks the 50th anniversary of Clark's tragic death.

So, how much might it go for? It's estimated that it will achieve between £150,000 and £200,000.

Classic & Sports Car – Want to own Jim Clark's Lotus Elite?
And here is the man himself (right) pictured with this car, HSH 200, in 1962, with James Scott of the Edinburgh Evening News

This Elite was given to Clark in February 1962, in lieu of payment for his services as a works driver for Team Lotus.

It still carries its original numberplate, HSH 200, and will be sold with its original logbook which shows it was consigned to Clarksport Ltd (the two-time F1 champion's trading name), and it is signed by him.

The car still has its original chassis plate and Bristol Aircraft body plate, plus the original engine matches the logbook.

Classic & Sports Car – Want to own Jim Clark's Lotus Elite?
Classic & Sports Car – Want to own Jim Clark's Lotus Elite?
Classic & Sports Car – Want to own Jim Clark's Lotus Elite?
It's estimated that this Elite will sell for £150,000-£200,000 in September

But that's not all. It doesn't just have a well-loved and illustrious former owner – this Elite is one of only 23 Super 95 examples produced.

And it still has all the features that made those 23 cars stand out: a more powerful engine, modified carburettors, vacuum servo-assisted brakes, a bonnet duct, a long-range fuel tank, Lucas PL headlights and a two-tone paint job.

Buy this car and you'll also get a Hobbs Mechamatic gearbox, albeit not installed. It's a transmission used by the Hobbs racing team that Clark himself fitted to his Elite – and the other Elite with such a ’box was driven by none other than Sir Stirling Moss when he was at Lotus.

Some lucky buyer will bag him or herself a very special piece of British motorsport history with this car. We can only dream...


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