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1969 Lotus Type 61 Formula Ford Exclusive SOLD

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Serial Number: tpd (dash plaque on car)
Frame Number: tpd
Engine Number: tbd (has Holbay cover)
Gearbox Number: tbd
Condition: complete, together, resto project
Price: $7,500 U.S.
Location: Midwestern U.S.


For 1969 Lotus updated the venerable Lotus 51 with a Indy turbine car inspired wedge bodyshell and the Type 61 was born. With some additional diagonal bracing in the chassis the car was a very incremental improvement. The deal was sweetened somewhat by a tie-up with the English tuning concern Holbay so each and every car came with a proper race prepared engine with a rocker cover which proved it. The Holbay unit was actually not bad and featured a proprietary front oil pump adapted from F3 which offered lower drive losses. Many 61s were sold, even more were produced. The car was also produced in 70 and 71 and by that time was outclassed by the purpose built Fords which were starting to appear. But this is a 1969 car and among the pre-70 class can hold it's own. With a first class driver 61s can win against any Historic Ford as we have proven. For someone who wants a Lotus race car restoration project there could not be a better choice. This car was purchased by a knowledgeable collector as a resto project but other interests have forced a sale. Everything is there, guages, body, tail cover, all the corner parts, the Holbay cover and pump. It even appears to have a chronometric tach. The car is together unlike many abandoned projects and is easy to evaluate and move. But please do something about that paint job!



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