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1961 Lotus 20

Chassis number : 22 J 901

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Sold for $78,400 at 2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge.
In 1960, Lotus introduced the Type 18, the company's first rear-engined single-seater. A year later, it was replaced by the Lotus Type 20, which incorporated many components from the Type 18 into an even smaller and more aerodynamic racing car. It was more sleek and elegant, and it would dominate Formula Junior racing through 1961. The Works drivers Peter Arundell and Trevor Taylor accounted for fifteen victories between them. Private owner/driver Jo Siffert successfully capture seven victories in his Type 20.

The early history of this particular Lotus Formula Junior is undocumented. It is believed to have raced in the United Kingdom during the 1960s. Since the 1980s, it has been vintage raced in the United States by Mr. Robert McClenagan. It was maintained then by Mike Gourley at Continental Coachworks.

In the mid-2000s, the Lotus was acquired by the late Robert 'Bob' Koons and was given a comprehensive restoration in 2009 by Rick Parent. In recent years, the car has competed at several invents including SVRA races at Watkins Glen International Raceway, Amelia Island Vintage Grand Prix, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where it finished first overall.

This vehicle is a Lotus 20/22 Formula Junior. It is powered by a 1,098cc Cosworth inline 4-cylinder engine fitted with 2 Twin-Choke Weber carburetors and produces approximately 110 horsepower at 8,200 RPM. There is a Hewland MKVIII Transaxle, an independent suspension setup, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2018

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2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $50,000-USD $80,000 
Sale Price :
USD $78,400

1961 Lotus 20 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Lotus 20

(Data based on Model Year 1961 sales)
1961 Lotus 20/22 Formula Junior
Chassis#: 22 J 901
Sold for USD$78,400
  2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
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1961 Lotus 20/22 20J919 Race Car
Chassis#: 20/22 20J919
Sold for USD$79,200
  2014 Russo & Steele - Monterey
 
1961 Lotus 20
Sold for USD$60,500
  2007 Gooding & Company
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1961 Lotus 20/22 Formula Junior
Sold for USD$55,000
  2006 Russo and Steele Auction in Monterey
 
1961 Lotus-Ford 20 Formula Junior Racing Single-Seater
Chassis#: 20J-926
Sold for USD$41,295
  2003 Bonhams - Sports, Competition & Collectors' Motor Cars
 

Lotus 20s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1961 Lotus 20's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1961 LOTUS 20/22 FORMULA JUNIOR 2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction $35,000$45,000
1961 Lotus-Ford Type 20/22 Formula Junior Racing Single-Seater20J-9262012 Bonhams Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood $40,000$50,000
1961 Lotus 20 2007 Bonhams, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $40,000$50,000

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