1959 LOTUS 15 - Ex 12 h from Sebring from 1959

ELIGIBILITY

LE MANS CLASSIC

STIRLING MOSS TROPHY

SIXTIES ENDURANCE RACING

GOODWOOD REVIVAL

GOODWOOD MEMBERS' MEETING

SEBRING CLASSIC 12 HOUR by HSR

INFORMATION REQUEST
TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS
PRICE

SOLD

Mark

LOTUS

Model

15

Year

1959

Chassis number

618-3

Frame

TUBULAR

Body

ALUMINIUM

Engine

COVENTRY-CLIMAX FPF 2 LITERS

Power

180 CH. @ 7,200 RPM

Gearbox

BORG WARNER T10

Weight

450 KG

The Lotus 15 was developed from the Lotus 11. It is a more competitive, more powerful and much rarer car than any of the Lotus 11s. Only 27 Lotus 15s were built in their day, compared with 270 Lotus 11s, making it a rare specimen of a model which is very seldom offered for sale.

 

This particular car is chassis N° 618-3. The figure 3 indicates that it was one of the Lotus 15 Series 3, the most proficient and successful of the series developed at that time. Our 618-13 started its career in the United States and Canada in the hands of the Canadian driver Harry Entwistle.

 

This particular Lotus 15 is very well-known to the Lotus 15 Register. It was actually the first Lotus 15 series 3 to be entered in an international race.

Between 1959 and 1963, Harry Entwistle lined up in it in numerous endurance races, including the celebrated 1959 Sebring 12 hours.

 

The Lotus 15 is a car built to win: at the 2012 Le Mans Classic, a Lotus 15 won the scratch race, in 2008 a Lotus 15 came third and in 2013 at Porto, a Lotus 15 took first place ahead of an extremely competitive AC Cobra…. It has also won the Sussex Trophy several times….

The engine capacity of a number of Lotus 15s (the 618/3 included) was boosted at the time from 2 to 2.5 litres. In present-day Historic races, however, the maximum engine capacity allowed is only 2 litres. In this way, race organizers seek to reduce their extreme competitiveness with respect to their rivals: Aston DBR2s, Lister jaguars, Monaco Coopers, Ferrari 250 SWBs, etc…

 

The 618-3 joined the ASCOTT Collection after 13 years spent with its previous owner. The car’s maintenance was carried out by the celebrated firm of classic car tuners and restorers Crosthwaite & Gardiner, specialists in the reconstruction of the Coventry Climax FPF engines which power the Lotus 15s. Crosthwaite & Gardiner carried out the complete restoration and installation of the car’s current engine. Since then, the rejuvenated engine has only run for 4 hours in race track conditions. The original engine, with matching numbers, has also been fully restored by the British firm and has only run for a few minutes on their test bench, for testing and validation purposes (the dynosheets are available for both engines). 4 new, purpose-built wheels were purchased from Crosthwaite & Gardiner in 2013, to serve as a spare set of wheels.

 

The Lotus 618-3 is a regular competitor at the Goodwood Revival, the Stirling Moss Trophy, the Le Mans Legend (the traditional curtain-raiser to the Le Mans 24 hours) and the Le Mans Classic (which it has already raced in on four occasions). The Lotus 15 on offer affords a rare opportunity to acquire a ready-to-race car with high collector value thanks to its clearly and fully documented history.

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