Lot 237: 1955 Lotus MK 9
When Colin Chapman launched his Lotus Mark 9 in 1955, the Mark 8 had already well and truly upset the sports car racing applecart with its impressive performance the previous season; despite a modest output of 85 b.h.p. from the enlarged 1,467 c.c. MG XPAG engine, its roadholding was vastly superior to its rivals thanks to an ultra-lightweight triangulated space frame chassis combined with notable straightline speed from its Frank Costin designed aerodynamic body. The Mark 9, however, featured improvements in almost every department. The chassis, similar to the Mark 8, was even lighter and a notable change was coil spring dampers in place of the single transverse coil spring for the rear De Dion axle; the swing axle/coil spring damper front suspension was retained, as were Alfin drum brakes. Power was either from the MG engine or an 81 b.h.p. version of Coventry-Climax's 1,098 c.c. FWA unit. Although similar in appearance to the Mark 8, the Mark 9 was longer and lower and easily identified by its wire rather than disc wheels and higher but shorter tail fins. Like the Mark 8, the Mark 9 was to have a distinguished racing career, launched in a year of considerable change in the 1,100 and 1,500 c.c. sports car classes; Coopers were then also using the Climax engine and proved formidable opponents, but it was the Mark 9 that took multiple lap records. Apart from the Team Lotus cars, usually driven by Chapman (including Lotus' first Le Mans, hence the car's name, where he and Ron Flockhart initially led the 1,100 c.c. class before their exclusion), many privateer Mark 9s were campaigned most successfully in Britain, Europe and the USA. The example you see here today 'RXM 7' is recorded as having completed 8 races in 1955 all which were in the UK. It was then owned by one 'Arthur Carter' until 1990 when it passed to an English racer who raced it with a 1500cc engine and disc brakes. It wassubsequently owned by Dan Margulies and raced by Richard Bond and Alain de Cadenet between 1992 and 1999. Finally campaigned by Stephen Archer in the Historic Championships before passing to an Italian classic car enthusiast and race car preparer. Presented in good overall condition, it comes supplied with a detachable roll bar and two Coventry Climax engines of 1100cc and 1250 cc capacity. It is FIA homologated to run with both of these units. An opportunity to purchase a significant historic Lotus, with an impeccable record, the car remains an important link in the legendary chain that is Lotus.Offri dans un bon etat, cette Lotus est vendue avec deux moteurs, un avec 1100 cc and 1250 cc, eligible pour les deux classes des courses. Avec des papiers FIA.
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