All seven remaining Lotus 49s to appear at Autosport International

21 December 2016

Classic Team Lotus has confirmed all seven remaining Lotus type 49 racing cars will be present at Europe’s foremost motorsport show between 12-15th January.

The late Colin Chapman and Maurice Philippe designed the Lotus 49 with a Ford Cosworth DFV (Double Four Valve) engine at its heart. The show at the NEC in January 2017 marks 50 years since this pioneering F1 car first raced – and won – with the legendary Jim Clark behind the wheel at the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort.

The type 49, in combination with the DFV engine, realised one of the greatest leaps in F1 performance to date. According to the Pomeroy Index, the type 49 still represents the greatest ever step in Grand Prix performance. In 1967 the Lotus increased the previous year’s speed by 7.7 per cent – a feat yet to be surpassed.

This acceleration in performance was largely thanks to the advanced chassis configuration, which saw the front of the engine bolted to the monocoque and the suspension and gearbox attached to the rear of the powerplant. Since the type 49, virtually all Formula 1 cars have been designed in this way.

Between 1967 and 1970, Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jo Siffert, Jackie Oliver, Mario Andretti, Jochen Rindt, Richard Attwood, John Miles and Emerson Fittipaldi raced the Lotus type 49. The story of the Lotus type 49 was captured in 1967 by the Ford film documentary 9 Days in Summer.

This collection of F1 cars on the Classic Team Lotus stand in Hall 20 (Stand 2270) represents the very first time that all seven remaining race machines will be together under one roof. The list of display cars are as follows:

R2/R11 (26 grands prix)

This is the car Jim Clark took to victory at its race debut at Zandvoort 1967, in addition to further wins at Silverstone and Watkins Glen. It is also the same car he drove at Monza, in what has been considered the Scotsman’s greatest performance, where he led the race until lap 12, picked up a puncture and lost an entire lap. Clark then spent the next 48 laps recovering through the field, taking the lead on lap 60 before succumbing to a faulty fuel pump on the final lap dropping him to third place.

Clark’s 1968 Tasman Championship-winning car was loaned to Rob Walker – in the wake of the Lotus R4 destruction – for Jo Siffert, before updating to the B-spec for Jackie Oliver. The car was re-identified as R11 and sold to Pete Lovely (raced by Mario Andretti in South Africa, before delivery) who raced it in six grands prix as a privateer. Restored in 2010 to 1967 specification, the R11 is still regularly raced by American owner Chris MacAllister.

Graham Hill in R3 in the 1967 Mexican GP
John Love in R3 in the 1969 South African GP

R3 (8 grands prix)

The R3 is the car Graham Hill raced for the second half of the 1967 season but victory eluded him. The R3 was later sold to John Love for racing in South Africa. It has since been restored to 1967 specification by Doug Nye and others before its acquisition by the National Motor Museum.

Graham Hill in the 1969 British GP in R5/R10
Graham Hill on his way to winning the 1969 Monaco GP in R5/R10

R6 (20 grands prix)

The R6 was new for Jackie Oliver in 1968 who raced it twice before a massive accident in practice for the French GP. The car was repaired in time for Graham Hill at Monza who then raced it to win the 1968 World Championship in Mexico. In 1969 the R6 raced in eight grands prix for Jochen Rindt, including his first F1 victory at Watkins Glen. The car raced in four more races during the 1970 season, including Rindt’s dramatic last lap Monaco victory. It was then sold by Team Lotus in 1977. The car is now in the collection of Richard Mille.

R7 (24 grands prix)

The R7 was sold new to Rob Walker for Jo Siffert in 1968 who won the British GP on the car’s first outing. The R7 was then raced by him in 1969 and then by Graham Hill – for Rob Walker – in 1970. In 1999, Geoff Farmer acquired the R7 from the Walker Family and has raced it occasionally, including a victory at the Goodwood Revival.

R8 (4 grands prix)

New for 1969 the R8 was Graham Hill’s Tasman Championship car. It was then raced by Richard Attwood at Monaco and Hill for the British GP. The R8 was then sold to Jo Bonnier who, after taking it to two grands prix sold it on to Dave Charlton for racing in South Africa. The car was then acquired by Australian collector, the late Hon John Dawson-Damer, who conducted a painstaking restoration. The car is now owned by F1 designer Adrian Newey who restored it to its 1969 specification then race prepped it for racing at the 2016 Monaco Historique.


Constructed by Team Lotus for the Ford Motor Company for use as a show car. Its first showing was at the Racing Car Show, Olympia in January 1969. It was later donated to the Donington Collection and has recently been commissioned as a runner. It is now in the collection of Richard Mille.


R12 that was built as a show car for Ford but which is now racing


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