1969 Lotus 61

Formula Ford

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1969
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Competition car 
    Yes
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Red/Gold 'Gold leaf'
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

1969 Lotus-Ford Type 61 Formula Ford Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. 61M-X-F3-219

Lotus Components Ltd displayed their brand-new Lotus Type 61 Formula Ford car at the British Racing & Sports Car Club's annual Racing Car Show, in London, at the start of 1969. The highly successful Jim Russell Racing Drivers' School headed the order list as this replacement for the Lotus 22/51-series of single-seater customer-sale designs headed for tremendous success.

The new Lotus 61 featured a new multi-tubular spaceframe chassis composed of round-section tubes and stiffened by a stressed-steel sheet undertray panel. Typically Lotus all-independent suspension was adopted, with double wishbones at the front pivoting on nylon-lined bearings, with interposed coil-spring/damper units as the springing medium. The rear suspension featured reversed lower wishbones, single top links and twin radius rods each side, again with outboard-mounted coil-spring/damper units.