This example of the milestone Lotus 18 comes fully documented with each of the eight owners since the original sale in May of 1960 in New York. Although its ownership history has been traced, the carís early racing history in the U.S. has not yet been researched. That remains an interesting, potentially very valuable, pursuit for the next owner. We do know, however, that the car has been vintage raced on the West Coast since the late eighties with HMSA, VARA, and CSRG.
This Lotus 18 has been the subject of a complete restoration. The suspension is all nickel plated and incorporates Heim Joints for adjustability.
The Lotus is powered by a proper Ford 105E, 1100 c.c., engine, prepared by Ivey Engines. It has a Cosworth head with an all steel bottom end and MAE gear cam drive. The gearbox is a Hewland Mk.9, five speed, prepared by Taylor Race Engineering with a Tilton clutch. Both the engine and gearbox have only one race on them since complete rebuilds. The original Renault gearbox also comes with the car, including all of the original brackets and linkage.
The brakes are drum in the rear and disc in the front. The wheels are new Wobbly Web. The car has a fuel cell located inside its original tank, complete with the Monza style fuel cap. New Simpson belts and harnesses have been installed, as well as a 10 lb. Halon fire suppression system.
Spares include two Renault gearboxes, and an additional set of Wobbly Web wheels.
The Lotus comes with extensive records, and receipts totaling over $100,000 since the mid 1980ís. It is well engineered, well sorted, and has been well looked after, including a period of years when the car was maintained by Phil Reilly & Co. This Lotus, unlike many other Formula Juniors of the period, also has a complete ownership history, with an original serial number and frame number.
The Lotus 18 is THE classic Formula Junior. It is the car that helped launch the careers of Jimmy Clark, Trevor Taylor, Peter Arundell, Ed Leslie, Billy Krause, Tim Parnell, and others. The Lotus 18 won 25 of 42 International races in its first season. In ten of those races, the Lotus 18 swept the first three positions!
For the new owner, this Lotus 18 is also a great opportunity to run in todayís finest of historic race meetings, including the Monterey Historics, where the car has already competed.
This fully restored, race proven, authentic, Lotus 18 is offered at an absolute bargain price. If you are looking on a great deal on a great Formula Junior, this car warrants your serious consideration.
Chassis Number: 18J803
Engine Number: N/A