1964 Lotus 30SOLD

Lotus 30 Mk1 Group 7 Sports-Racer

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We are very pleased to offer this stunning, pristine and rare 1964 Lotus 30 Group 7 Sports racer - chassis 30/L/7 - for sale.In the early 1960s, combining a British chassis with an American V8 engine proved to be a very successful method of creating a competitive sports-racer. This trend had begun a few years earlier with the Chevrolet-engined Listers, while the likes of Cooper and Lola quickly followed suit. The genres best known example is the AC/Shelby Cobra, although international (Group 7) sports car racing would be dominated by far more advanced and powerful Anglo-American hybrids. Ford too recognised this to be a shortcut to sports car racing success and in their quest to beat Ferrari at Le Mans looked to team up with a British manufacturer. Eventually Lola was chosen, which left Lotus boss Colin Chapman bitterly disappointed and determined to prove the boys from Detroit wrong.While Lotus had limited experience with powerful, large capacity engines, there had been notable success with a V8-engined Lotus 19 in 1962 and 1963. This two-seater racer used a traditional and very effective tubular spaceframe chassis, but for his new Group 7 car Colin Chapman decided to use a backbone chassis similar to the newly launched Elan roadster. It consisted of a central box-type construction, supplemented in two narrower sections at either end to support the suspension, engine and gearbox. In the four-cylinder Elan, this novel idea worked very well, but several key personnel within Lotus were worried that it would not be up to the task in the proposed sports-racer. Chapman pressed on and at the 1964 London Racing Car Show unveiled the Lotus 30, one of the most striking and daring of all the many racing car designs that he would produce.Like all Lotus racing cars that preceded it, the 30 looked like a very effective machine with well considered aerodynamics. Within the very low body, all the mechanicals were attached to a backbone chassis, which was prominently visible within the cockpit. Suspension was by double wishbones all round with the rear lower wishbones reversed. Immediately behind the driver, the chassis separated into two spars, rather like a tuning fork, which supported the engine. The powerplant of choice was Fords 289ci (4.7-litre) V8 that was delivered to Lotus developing around 270bhp. With some fine-tuning and the addition of four Weber carburettors, Lotuss engineers found another 80 horsepower for a total of around 350bhp, which was transm ... For more information please visit www.rmd.be.

Reference Number 207868

as of 1/25/2020

Car 1964 Lotus 30
VIN 30/L/7 
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