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Jim Clark’s 1963 World Championship Winning Lotus For Auction

Submitted by on November 14, 2008

I just went out to Bonhams and had a look at the cars for their big auction this weekend. Here is what they have to say about it…

“5 million dollars worth of Sports, Competition and Collectors’ Motorcars, Motorcycles and Automobilia to go under the hammer at Bonham and Goodman in Sydney on the 16 November”

The highlight of this landmark sale is the collection of the late the Hon. John Dawson-Damer.

Between 1971 and 1984 John Dawson-Damer established a first-class and internationally renowned collection of Lotus single-seater racing cars. Possibly the largest privately owned collection of Lotus single-seater racing cars outside of the Chapman collection.

The cars offered cover a broad spectrum of innovative design from the ultra lightweight Lotus 16, the revolutionary monocoque Lotus 25 to the ‘ground effects’ Lotus 79.  Also for sale is the four wheel drive 1969 Lotus 63

The cars were raced in period by super stars such as Jim Clark and Mario Andretti all under the watchful eye of one of the most innovative designers and team principals of all time – Colin Chapman.

The sale of this collection offers enthusiastic historic racers, collectors and museums alike an extremely rare opportunity to acquire significant Lotus racing cars that are rarely, if ever, available on the open market.

The undoubted star of the collection is a 1962 Lotus-Climax Type 25. The Lotus Type 25 took both Jim Clark and Lotus to their maiden Formula 1 world driver and constructor championships respectively.

“A car that changed the face of Formula 1 design forever the example offered to fetch in excess of the magic $1,000,000 mark.”

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