Saturday, 28 July 2007

How much???

We know that cars are not cheap. And, to be fair, Lotus cars tend to be in the higher rather than lower price bracket.

But at an auction of historic cars at Kempton Park yesterday a Lotus 72 Grand prix car fetched a staggering £286,000!

The 72 is widely regarded as one of the prettiest Grand Prix cars of all time and was the model that carried Austrian Jochen Rindt to his posthumous victory in the 1970 World Drivers’ Championship. The example on offer was the sister Works car of John Miles, that was later raced by Graham Hill before passing through the hands of such other Grand Prix greats as Jo Siffert and Emerson Fittipaldi.

Now ripe for restoration, the single-seater was sold to a European collector who fully intends to return it to the track.

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