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1955 Lotus Nine (Mk9) Lotus-Ford chassis 85150.000 EUR

One of the first Ford - Lotus MK9's produced

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This very original Mark IX was originally UK road registered ‘PDD 76’ and won the 1955 Colin Chapman Trophy 1172 Formula Championship driven by first owner Michael MacDowel. It was subsequently preserved for many years by Lotus racer and enthusiast Bert Westwood, before passing to the Okada Collection in Japan in which its peerless originality was jealously protected.

Reference Number 613683

as of 5/29/2020

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Car 1955 Lotus Nine (Mk9) Lotus-Ford chassis 85
Options Competition: Full Race setup, Racing Seats, Rollcage 
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Known History

This very original Mark IX was originally UK road registered ‘PDD 76’ and won the 1955 Colin Chapman Trophy 1172 Formula Championship driven by first owner Michael MacDowel. It was subsequently preserved for many years by Lotus racer and enthusiast Bert Westwood, before passing to the Okada Collection in Japan in which its peerless originality was jealously protected.

 

The car was brought back from Mr Okada in July 2002, and was sympathetically prepared by Blakeney Motorsport to pass a British MoT test and re-register in September that year.’. In 2004 the engine was rebuilt by Vintage Supplies Ltd. More recently the car has been again sympathetically prepared by former Ligier-Matra mechanic Gerard Mayet in Nice, an illustrated history file with the car recording this work. ‘PDD 76’ has participated in the Mille Miglia Storica and the Monaco Historic event amongst others. It is featured in several publications and is offered here complete with Carte Grise de Collection, FIA Passport, FIVA identity card, the original registration book, old MoT certification and UK V5 registration document under the current serial ‘WFF 747’.

 

It is still, of course, powered by the 1172cc Ford Ten side-valve engine – as originally fitted when new in 1955 – and with its three-speed gearbox and original braking system is delightfully unspoiled and in a specification “as originally raced by its first owner”. As a ‘Club’ model Lotus-Ford Mark IX it was supplied new to Michael MacDowel, who would subsequently become a Cooper Car Company factory team driver in Formula 1 and 2, as a junior team member to their double-World Champion Jack Brabham

 

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