1960 Lotus 18

Climax Ex-Innes Ireland, Ex-Jim Clark, Grand Prix-Winning

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1960
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    372
  • 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

Coys Auction - The Nürburgring

Germany

Saturday 9th August 2008 Motor Cars at 17:00
Viewing: Friday 8th August from 10:00 to 19:00
Saturday from 10:00

Admission by catalogue only - admits two.

In 1957 Cooper had turned the design of Grand Prix cars on its head when the Surbiton concern ran the sports’ first ever rear-engined Formula One car, the potential of which was truly shown when the T43-Climax won the opening two GPs the following season. Although some rival teams would persevere with front-engined machines, Cooper had started a revolution and such was the performance advantage – the engine layout both reducing weight and increasing front aerodynamics – of its T43, T45 and T51-Climaxes that, by 1959, cemented by Jack Brabham taking that year’s World Championship, it was abundantly clear that they had little choice but to follow suit.

Colin Chapman was one of those who had spent far too long attempting to