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This 1961 Lotus 20/22 Formula Junior Monoposto spent the earlier part of its life in New Zealand before coming to the United States in 1990. It has been used in historic races from coast to coast while in the US.

While in New Zealand, it was raced by Jim Palmer who was one of the more successful and famous drivers in New Zealand. During that time, his Lotus 20B was powered by a 1,500cc engine to comply with Formula One regulations.

When it was brought to the US, it still retained the 1500cc engine. By this point, it was a well-used machine that was in need of restoration. It was purchased by a New York resident in the spring of 1990. While in their care it was restored to the correct Lotus 20/22 specifications. The following decade the car was well used in historic Formula Junior competition with its most recent outing in 2007.

It is fitted with a 1100cc engine and a Hewland MK6 gearbox. There is a Tilton clutch and pressure plate. The rear suspension is comprised of a Lotus 20 reversed A-arms with trailing arms, coil over shocks, load bearing driveshafts, and sway bar. The rear brakes are inboard with the front being the correct Lotus 22 discs. Smiths gauges can be found in the cockpit and their is a fire suppression system.

In 2007 it was brought to Carmel, California where it was offered for sale at Bonhams auction, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia, and estimated to sell for $40,000 - 50,000. The lot failed to find an interested buyer willing to satisfy the car's reserve. It left the auction unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008

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2007 Bonhams, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $40,000-USD $50,000 
Lot was not sold

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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