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1955 Lotus Nine (Mk9)200.000 EUR

1955 Lotus MK9 1955 Sebring Car Mille Miglia eligible

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This MK9  was one of the first two built for the Sebring 12 Hour race in 1955. 
There were two Mark Nines at the 1955 Sebring 12 Hours. Race number 79 was driven by Frank Miller/George Rabe, and race number 78 by Norman Scott/Sam Samuelson (but was owned by Bobby Burns of Wichita Falls, Texas). We don’t know the chassis numbers of these 2 cars, so for convenience Historic Lotus Register refers to the Frank Miller car as “Sebring 1”, and the Bobby Burns car as “Sebring 2”.Continuous ownership history. Eligible for historic racing events including the Mille Miglia
Comes with complete running FWA engine and original front drum brakes.
FWB Peacock engine just rebuilt, currently in the car. 2 engines
third in class performance LMC 2018
FIA registered
Road registered

Reference Number 613679

as of 5/29/2020

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Car 1955 Lotus Nine (Mk9)
Options Competition: Full Race setup, Racing Seats, Rollcage 
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Known History

There were two Mark Nines at the 1955 Sebring 12 Hours. Race number 79 was driven by Frank Miller/George Rabe, and race number 78 by Norman Scott/Sam Samuelson (but was owned by Bobby Burns of Wichita Falls, Texas). We don’t know the chassis numbers of these 2 cars, so for convenience Historic Lotus Register refers to the Frank Miller car as “Sebring 1”, and the Bobby Burns car as “Sebring 2”.

 

Clark Lance, owned Sebring 2 for many years, for its American history. Bobby Burns was advertising his car for sale in Road & Track in November 1955 for $4,500. Its 1956 ownership is not known. Sebring 2 was owned by Hamilton Presterbridge of Baton Rouge, Louisiana from late 1956 to late 1957. He competed with it at the Mansfield Louisiana National Races on 25th November 1956 and March 1957 (SCCA Sports Car Magazine January, May and July 1957). He advertised the car for sale in Road & Track October 1957. Ownership from 1958 to1960 is not known, but it may possibly have been owned by Bill Parham of Fort Worth, Texas.

 

Next recorded owner was Wendell Green of New Mexico. He and his son raced Sebring 2 in Texas and California in 1961 and 1962. Pierre Pinelli (a later owner of Sebring 2) had the 1962 New Mexico title to the car in the name of Wendell Green, and this quotes the engine number FWA 6258 for the car, which would be correct for an extremely early 1955 Coventry Climax FWA engine. Wendell Green traded the car for an engineless Lotus Eleven from Chicago, Illinois in 1962.

 

Between 1962 and about 1969 Sebring 2 was reportedly owned by Tito Nappi of Rockford, Illinois, and apparently he fitted a Chevrolet V8 engine.

 

Don Kruzan of Rock Island, Illinois acquired the the car with the V8 around 1969.

 

Long-time Lotus enthusiast Clark Lance bought the car from Don Kruzan in 1971. He retained it in its largely original state until selling it to Pierre Pinelli of Nice, France in 2002. Pierre entrusted its restoration to Mike Brotherwood in England. I saw the car at Mike Brotherwood’s premises in 2003 and it was clear that, thanks to the stewardship of Clark Lance, the chassis, body and running gear remained original and in good condition. The chassis footwell cross tube, and the undertray, had been cut about to take the V8 and had to be replaced. A new rear access hatch also had to be replaced. Otherwise it was all original 1955. A new 1100 cc Coventry Climax FWA engine was fitted by Mike Brotherwood. A set of disc brakes was provided, as an alternative to the original drum brakes, but in period the car was never fitted with disc brakes of course. Pierre Pinelli raced the car extensively in France (and in 2004 his co-driver at the Le Mans Historic race was previous owner Clark Lance).

 

Comes with complete running FWA engine and original front drum brakes.

FWB Peacock engine just rebuilt, currently in the car. 2 engines

third in class performance LMC 2018

FIA registered

Road registered

 

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