The last car drove by the late Sir Stirling Moss before he retired as a professional, a 1960 FIA Lotus 19 Monte Carlo will be sold at a live auction Saturday 27th March…
The giant-killing ‘one of only 17’ Lotus 19 was the brainchild of English design and engineer, Colin Chapman who created the powerful fibreglass bodied masterpiece at a time when he was most creative and less distracted by various ongoings. It was powered by a 2.5-litre Coventry-Climax and sat on a classic Lotus spaceframe making the racer a keen and willing competitor against big hitters such as Jaguar and Ferrari.
Chapman named the car ‘Monte Carlo’, ostensibly as a tribute to Stirling Moss’ victory in the 1960 Monaco Grand Prix but possibly as a friendly poke at John Cooper whose considerably heavier and less petite Monaco was named after the marque’s similar success at the same event in 1958. Most testing of the new Lotus 19 was undertaken by Stirling beginning on 25/07/1960, and in his hands, it made a winning race debut on 07/08/1960 at Karlskoga in Sweden. A total of 17 cars were constructed.
The car has been driven by many legendary motor racing names of the era including Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Innes Ireland and the late Stirling Moss. #953 was first raced in April 1961 by the British Racing Partnership (BRP) alongside the team’s other two 19s – #950 and #952, however for 1962, only #953 was retained.
Stirling chose this car to pilot during the Easter meeting at Goodwood as part of his possible return to racing. It was purely a test, a gentle outing to see how he felt and although towards the end of the test, Stirling’s times on a damp track were competitive, but was unconvinced about the return to racing making #953 the last racing car he drove as a professional driver.
A beautiful 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 (FHC) Flat Floor coupe will also be up for grabs at the Silverstone Race Retro Live Online Auction, remarkably emerging from 43 years of ownership.
The classic Jaguar is finished in a colour combination of Opalescent Gunmetal Grey with a red leather interior. Manufactured in November 1961 and first registered on 1st January 1962, Chassis 860060 is an early ‘flat floor’ example, one of the first 175 Coupes built before the recessed footwells were adopted and one of just 1,559 right-hand drive, 3.8 Coupes constructed in total, so rather a rare car in its own right.
A superb three owner example of the legendary Lotus Cortina Mk1 finished in Ermine White with a Sherwood Green side-flash and black interior trim will also join the party with only three owners recorded from the date of its first registration in 1966.
More information on the sale can be found here.
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Images courtesy Silverstone Auctions.