A Ford Lotus Cortina driven by the legendary Jim Clark will be offered by Silverstone Auctions at Autosport International for a staggering £180,000 – £200,000.
The easily distinguishable 1966 Lotus Cortina has a incredible provenance, being only three ‘Group 5’ works cars built by Lotus for the 1966 British Saloon Car Championship, the collectable competition car was driven in period by some of the world’s most successful racing drivers, including Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Jacky Ickx.
With a historic and proven race pedigree the estimate of £180,000 – £200,000 should be easily acheived at the NEC, Birmingham on 12th January 2019.
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Lionel Abbott, classic car specialist, Silverstone Auctions said:
“We’re delighted to be offering this amazing Lotus Cortina at our inaugural Autosport International Sale. “With its impressive history, it’s a fantastic addition to the sale catalogue and a sign of what’s to come.
“Given its exceptional rarity, competition successes and association with World Champions, this amazing Lotus Cortina offers a fantastic opportunity to acquire one of the most significant sports touring cars of the 1960s.”
Packing the registration number PHK 614D, it was built in March 1966 and immediately assigned to none other than Formula 1 World Champion Jim Clark for use at a rain disrupted Oulton Park. It went on to be raced throughout the 1966 season by fellow Formula 1 drivers Peter Arundell and Jacky Ickx, who took the car to second in class in finishes at Snetterton, Goodwood and Silverstone.
In June 1966, the Lotus Cortina underwent an engine conversion by BRM to fuel injection before racing at the Grand Prix support race at Brands Hatch, where Sir John Whitmore achieved first in class, finishing in forth position overall. The car went on to achieve further podium positions and class wins in the hands of Peter Arundell at the Brands Hatch Guards International Meeting, at Oulton Park, and in the British Saloon Car Championship, taking Team Lotus to first place in the Lombank Entrants Trophy.
In 1967 the car appeared in its last works event, finishing its Team Lotus career on a high with World Champion Graham Hill taking it to first in class and second overall in the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch.
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