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Lot 216: 1963 Lotus 23b

Spirit of Motoring, Coys (29 September 2005)

The Lotus Type 23 sports Racing car was introduced for the 1962 season as a rear engined derivative of the 1960-1961 big engined Lotus 19 in combination with the experience gained in the rear engined single seater Lotus 20, 21, and 22 cars of 1961- 62.The cars were an immediate success in the small capacity class of national and international sports racing car competition not only in the British home market but also through-out the countries of Europe, USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand where it gained the reputation of being a real giant killer. The 23 rapidly became one of Lotus' biggest selling race cars and it was not long before alternative engines were being fitted - as small as a 750cc Coventry Climax unit for one Le Mans and as complex as the 12 cylinder air cooled Rotorvic motor for the larger classes.However, by far the most common and most successful option was the upgraded Lotus 23 1100cc to the 23b specification of 1600cc Lotus-Ford twin cam unit. The prototype car led its class at the ADAC 1,000 kms at the Nuerburgring in 1962 driven by Jim Clark beating the might of the works Ferraris and a Lightweight Jaguar E-Type before mechanical failure led to Clark crashing out.23b's went on to achieve championship success at almost every level and every market in which they were sold and raced and today still provide podium positions in Historic Motor Racing events in the hand of drivers willing to push them to the limit. This 23B from 1963 was rebuilt in the 1980's by the well respected specialist Peter Denty and was owned by Porsche designer Anatole Lapine who used the car between 1982 and 1988. The car has twice won the German open series and was also successful in class C8 in 2002 owned and maintained, as it was, by the respected Freddy Kumschick. In recent years it has formed part of a collection in Sweden where it has been continued to race with equal success and must remain one of the most powerful and well presented 23's on the track. It is supplied in excellent order with current FIA Papers.

Lot Details
Auction Spirit of Motoring
Coys, Westminster, London SW1
TypeCar
Lot Number216
Estimate£45000-£55000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£46462
Year1963
Condition rating0
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Chassis number45
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