A Lotus Cortina prepared by Alan Mann Racing for Sir John Whitmore is being offered at Silverstone Auctions Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 2019.
Dominating 1965 season and victorious in eight out of nine rounds, the Lotus Cortina has links to being a Works car and also being shared with Jack Sears and Sir John Whitmore for an assault on the Nurburgring 6 hour race, which they won overall and set a new lap record, being used by Ford for a promotional tour.
This makes it one of the most historical and important race cars to come on the market.
Sir John owned the car from 1967 until 1995, residing in the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu from 1972 to 1978 and then with Jack Sears on his farm in Norfolk. It was then purchased by an American enthusiast who continued to preserve the history and in 2013 the Ford Lotus Cortina returned to the UK to be sold at auction has just covered 1,000 miles whilst in the care of the previous owner. The current vendor, who is a family friend of the Manns, is now offering the car for sale at £190,000 to £220,000 with just 11,464 miles, albeit mainly race miles.
Harry Whale auction manager for Silverstone Auctions commented:
“We have several fabulous lots of competition cars which are suitable for all budgets and eligible for a variety of high-quality historic events. We are also delighted to be offering such legendary cars as the Kaliber Ford Sierra RS Cosworth and Sir John Whitmore’s Lotus Cortina.”
“The Silverstone Classic sale is our most prestigious sale at one of the UK’s largest historic motorsport events at the legendary Silverstone Circuit and we are very really looking forward to the sale over the weekend of the 26th to 28th July.”
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The Silverstone Classic Auction takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 2019 offering an exclusive selection of classic cars, sports cars and supercars and automobilia. The lots can be previewed on the 26th of July from 09.00 to 18.00.