1980 Lotus Talbot

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1980
  • Car type 
    Saloon
  • Country VAT 
    IT
  • Lot number 
    35
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Blue
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd

Description

- Car produced in 1980 in standard configuration and immediately repainted by Lotus in the colours of its main Formula 1 sponsor, Essex Motorsport used by the Essex Team as a VIP car during the 1980-81 seasons. It stayed in the hands of one person, Julian Rivett, Director of Operations for Essex Motorsport and responsible for all aspects of hospitality in the paddock, until 2010. Since then a single owner, who also carried out a restoration for a total of nearly pound 60,000. English number plates and logbook.
- Blue colour with silver band and Essex sponsor, the bodywork was completely restored in 2012 by award-winning specialists and repainted in the original livery. Restored interior, the car is in exceptional condition.
- Mechanics completely restored, engine work carried out by Phil Davison, engine designer for Talbot #39 racing department and responsible for all Sunbeam Lotus quot Works quot engines that secured Talbot victory in the 1981 World Rally Constructors #39 Championship. Reassembly and fine-tuning of all mechanical components carried out by the renowned Skip Brown Cars, specialists in Talbot Sunbeam Lotus cars (both rally and road), since 1980.
- A unique historical car in excellent condition, it followed Team Lotus Essex during the Formula 1 seasons of 1980 and 1981, used as a courtesy car by various Team managers and legends such as Nigel Mansell, Mario Andretti, Elio de Angelis and Carlos Reutemann, as well as Lotus chief Colin Chapman of course. Among the various documents there is a photo showing the car with Colin Chapman and David Thieme. A unique opportunity to get your hands on a piece of motorsport history.