1962 Lotus 23SOLD

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 1,600 CC Inline 4-Cylinder Twin-Cam Engine Twin 2-Barrel Weber DCOE Carburetors Approximately 187 BHP at 5,900 RPM 5-Speed Hewland Mark IV Manual Transmission 4-Wheel Disc Brakes 4-Wheel Coil-Spring Independent Suspension About this Car: The brilliant Colin Chapman was famed for the innovative sports racing cars built by his company Lotus. Whether he actually said, “To add speed, add lightness,” is irrelevant; the best of his designs combined an economy of materials with a thorough understanding of just what was needed to get the job done in a given situation. The Lotus 23 sports racer was one such example. A space-frame design with a streamlined fiberglass body, it was developed to accommodate various engines that would suit a variety of racing classes. They quickly became “giant killers” and established a formidable reputation in competition. This particular Lotus 23B counts among its owners and drivers an impressive list of professional and amateur names. Sold new in the UK to Mr. W. Bradshaw in November 1962, it was raced in the UK and Europe until the early 1980s. The Lotus was then imported to the US where it was owned by Brian Redman and Bob Snodgrass of Brumos Racing. Bobby Rahal’s father Mike purchased the car from Brumos Racing in 1986 and began to use it regularly in vintage racing events. Mike Rahal was no stranger to the track and his son’s career was due, in no small measure, to the exposure the young Bobby had to his father’s extensive SCCA racing. Ed Henning of Charleston, South Carolina, bought the Lotus from Mike Rahal through Brumos in 1988. Henning himself was a noted vintage racer of considerable talent. Racer and writer B.S. Levy references Henning in an article titled “A Crash Course in Track Manners,” which discusses the challenges of the varying levels of talent found in vintage racing. Levy writes, “At one end of the spectrum you’ve got people like Bertil Roos and Brian Redman who make their living with steering wheel & shifter. Then there are many people like Patsy Bolin & Ed Henning and so many, many more who are excellent, excellent drivers, the kind you can go door-to-door against with the confidence that they will respect your piece of track and your peace of mind.” After a few seasons campaigning the Lotus in vintage events, Henning realized that the car was not performing to its potential. Among his major concerns was the amount of filler on the body that, after years of repairing small shunts, had added approximately 80 lbs. to the weight of the car. It was clear to Henning that the Lotus needed and deserved a comprehensive restoration. For the work, he chose Keith Mastriforte’s shop Special Cars Only in Oldsmar, Florida. The work had only just begun when, in July 2001, Henning tragically lost his life in an accident. After Henning’s death, the Lotus was retained by his widow, a keen vintage race enthusiast herself, who made the decision to recommence the restoration in 2006. The two years of intensive work is fully documented in receipts and photographs. Finished in early 2008, this extraordinary restoration remains in stunning condition. Prepared to the highest cosmetic level that the factory in Hethel could only dream of, the mechanical preparation is equal to its appearance. At the conclusion of the work, Brian Redman was reunited with the Lotus 23B and gave it a shakedown run at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia. Stepping out of the car he stated it was “…set up perfectly.” Proving that it also had beauty, the stunning race car was shown at the 2008 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance where it was greatly admired. Today, this Lotus 23B is still as eye-catching as the day it emerged from restoration, with unmarked bodywork and interior, and a clean and well-maintained engine compartment. With few hours on the engine past the break-in period, it stands ready to deliver the lively, responsive, aggressive thrill on the road for which these cars are renowned. Offered from the collection of a well-known East Coast Lotus enthusiast, this 23B has a bright future in store. With the provenance, preparation, and potential of this Lotus, it is meant to be fully enjoyed weekend after weekend, bringing the kind of joy only a beautiful, well-sorted race car can.

Reference Number 206507

as of 2/15/2013

Car 1962 Lotus 23
VIN 23S80 
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Known History

Formerly the Property of Brian Redman, Bob Snodgrass, and Ed Henning