Chassis number R4 is the ex-Jim Clark Team Lotus racing car which he used during most of the 1963 F1 season. Jim Clark scored 7 Grand Prix victories and won the 1963 driver's World Championship.
In 1964, the car was driven by Peter Arundell to a second place finish, behind Jim Clark, during his first F1 race, the Goodwood Easter Meeting.
After two years racing for Team Lotus, R4 was sold to Parnell Racing where it was given a BRM V8 engine. Unfortunately, the car was involved in an accident while being driven by Richard Attwood. The tub was repaired and the chassis was re-numbered R13. It continued to race with a variety of engines for several more years, ending in 1967. After its F1 career came to an end, the car was sold to a privateer in New Zealand where it was raced in the Tasman Championship.
Australian John Dawson-Damer became the car's next owner who treated it to a fully restoration to its original Team Lotus configuration, complete with a correct Climax FWMW engine, in the 1990s. The car remained in his care for many years, until his fatal crash at Goodwood in 2000 in one of his other Lotus Grand Prix racing cars.
The Dawson-Damer collection was offered for sale by Bonhams & Goodman in Sydney in 2008. Bidding reached nearly $1 million and was sold to another Australian racing enthusiast. The car was sent to Classic Team Lotus for a restoration and to prepare it for vintage racing.By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2012