1960 Lotus 18

Formula Junior Ex-Tyrell/Surtees/Taylor

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1960
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Competition car 
    Yes
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Green
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Estimate: £55,000 - £65,000
Registration Number: N/A
Chassis Number: 754
Cooper may have introduced the mid-engined layout to post-war motor racing, but the Lotus 18 was the car which proved once and for all that a mid-engined car was the only one to have. It was the first Lotus to win a World Championship race. It was the vehicle for some of Stirling Moss' greatest drives, like the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix. It made stars of Innes Ireland, Jim Clark and John Surtees.
Chassis number 754 was purchased in September 1960 by Ken Tyrell and driven on its first outing by John Surtees at the Oulton Park Gold Cup on 24th September 1960.
Driven by Henry Taylor, chassis 754 then went on to win the British Empire Trophy in October of that year.
It then went on to race in the United States, and was restored there in 1998.
It was purchased by the current owner in 2006 and has since been rebuilt completely to its original specification with the correct Ford race-prepared 105E engine and Renault Dauphin