Lotus 30-40 Combined Chassis List – Short Version

Below is a List of chassis numbers with the original known owners. The list was adapted from an article in article “Will 1965 be the Year? The Development History of the Biggest Lotus”, Motor, 10 Jun. 1965.

In 2015, I received a scan of a hand-written Lotus 30 registry. I’m not sure what the source of this image is. I don’t think it’s a copy of a Lotus factory production record of these cars – I understand that the Lotus factory used to record this info on something like a 3×5″ card. I’ve heard that years ago the factory would let people have access to these card for research purposes, but people had been stealing them at they restricted access.

This scanned Registry not only shows owners, but engine and transmission serial numbers, body color, and ex-works date. Unfortunately, the list does not show any chassis numbers past 30/S2/6. (Info for the remaining chassis has been kindly supplied by Clive Chapman.) It appears that this hand-written list only had enough lines on the to record this number of chassis – perhaps the back of the sheet has the rest of the information recorded on that side?

The table below tries to merge the info found in the sources above, along with details from numerous other sources.

Follow the links to learn more about the cars and the owners.

Chassis No.
Ex-Works Lotus Ford V8
Ex-Works ZF 5DS20 No.
Ex-Works Body Color
Ex-Works Date

(DD.MM.YY)

Known Owners

Lotus 30 Series 1

NA
NA
BRG
13.4.64

(1964 Apr 13)

1964 – Ian Walker Racing (UK) (Prototype)
4401
NR 15
BRG
6.7.64

(1964 Jul 06)

1964 – Bob Challman (CA, U.S.A.) (Listed as “B. Challman – Team Lotus” on the scanned Lotus 30 Chassis List.)
NA
NA
NA

(BRG as seen at 1964 Riverside GP.)

NA

(pre-1964 Oct 10)

1964 – Bob Challman (CA, U.S.A.)
NA
NA
Dark Blue
NA

(pre-1964 Nov 29)

1964 – Jack Wheeler (ON, Canada) Autosport Ltd.
NA
NBG
White
23.9.64

(1964 Sep 23)

1964 – J. Frank Harrison, Jr. (U.S.A.) – (Listed as “J F Harrison”)
1017
21
Black
18.12.64

(1964 Dec 18)

1964 – Lotus Southwest (TX, U.S.A.)
1012
NR 13
Red
11.11.64

(1964 Nov 11)

1964 – Duchess Auto (Duchess Autos Inc, Lotus East Racing, Main St, Millerton, New York, USA)
1003
NA
Light Blue
30.12.64

(1964 Dec 30)

1964 – Lotus Southwest (TX, U.S.A.)
1009
NA
Light Blue
8.10.64

(1964 Oct 08)

1964 – Ian Raby (U.K.)
NA
NA
NA
NA
This chassis number may not have been used.
1403
NA
Super White
27.9.64

(1964 Sep 27)

1964 – David Prophet (UK)
1015
29
BRG
30.12.64

(1964 Dec 30)

1964 – Lotus Southwest (TX, U.S.A.)
1011
NR 11
Dark Blue
NA
1964 – Automóvel Touring Clube de Angola (Automobile Club of Angola)
1018
24
Blue
29.12.64

(1964 Dec 29)

1964 – Lotus Southwest (TX, U.S.A.)
1004
NA
BRG
1.1.65

(1965 Jan 01)

1964 – Duchess Auto (NY, U.S.A.)
1121
32
Super White
11.1.65

(1965 Jan 11)

1964 Simon de Latour (UK)
NA
NA
Black
NA

(post-1964 Jul 11)

1964 – Ian Walker (replacement car) See 30/L/1.

(NOTE: This car is listed as being sold to Duchess Auto on the scanned Lotus 30 Chassis List.)

1031
NA
BRG
13.11.64

(1964 Nov 13)

1964 – B. White – “B. White” appears to be Bernard White.
1016
23 and 20
Red + Yellow Stripe
3.12.64

(1964 Dec 03)

1964 – Gratz (U.S.A.)
NA
NA
NA
NA
1964 – David Prophet (replacement chassis)


NOTE: Duplicate Number

NA
NA
BRG
NA
1964 – J. Fisher
1014
NA
BRG
20.11.64

(1964 Nov 20)

1964 – Duchess Auto (NY, U.S.A.)
NA
NA
Light Blue
NA
1964 – “May not have been used” per Motor.
“WROTTERSLEY” per the scanned Lotus 30 Chassis List.
NA
NA
Red + White Stripe
NA
1964 – DEVELOPMENT per Motor.
“Auto Club De Angola” per the scanned Lotus 30 Chassis List.

Lotus 30 Series 2

NA
NA
NA
NA
1965 – Team Lotus
1122
51
BRG
18.12.65

(1965 Dec 18)

1965 – John Dean
NA
NA
P.O. Red
NA
1965 – Lotus Suisse
1020
NR 56
Yellow
5.3.65

(1965 Mar 05)

1965 – Bamford / JCB
1019
52
P.O. Red
26.4.65

(1965 Apr 26)

1965-67? – Willment (UK)

“J. Uren” per the scanned Lotus 30 Chassis List.

1124
45
P.O. Red
13.3.65?

(1965 Mar 13)

1965 – Dauwe (Belgium)
1132
NA
BRG
NA
1965 – Dauwe (Belgium)
NA
NA
Dark Blue
NA
1965 – Span Inc.
NA
NA
Yellow
NA
1965 – Bamford / JCB (replacement) See 30/S2/4.
30/S2/10
1127
NA
Blue
NA
1965 – Dauwe (Belgium) (replacement)

Lotus 40

NA
NA
NA
NA
1965 – Team Lotus
NA
NA
NA
NA
1965 – Team Lotus
NA
NA
White
NA
1965 – Lotus Southwest (U.S.A.)?

Sources:

“Will 1965 be the Year? The Development History of the Biggest Lotus”, Motor, 10 Jun. 1965.

Scanned Chassis List, Clive Chapman, email to Andrew Bradshaw, 7/15/2015

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