Retromobile 2002 Car Show
Paris, France, February 2002
The Lotus 30 of Rétromobile 2002 was the 30/L/7 from 1964.
She was originally sold in S1 form and later changed to S2. She was sold new at Duchess Autos in California in November 1964. She was going in some race (not too much) : NASSAU (pré-NASCA) and SCCA. After she was staying a long time in a exhibition .
She was bought in 1979 by Alex SELDON. She was preperated for vintage car racing. She has a Ford 289 (motor of developement FAV GT 40 by Mathwall Eng.) 380 bhp. The fuel injection Tecalemit – Jackson was replaced by carburateurs Weber 48 IDA (the horse power was around 350 et 6500 rpm at this time). The gear box was a ZF 5 DS 20 reconditioned.
She was sold in 1981 to Jeffrey WAKLIN. But she was to sell another time in 1981.
She was in an article of Doug Nye in Old Motor in 10/1981 “The Beautiful Miscalculation.” She disappeared in 1981. She was found in 1999 by Mike PATON in USA. She stayed 3 years in California for sale without sucess. The “galerie du damier” bought it in 2001. She was shown on 08/02/2002 (Feb. 2, 2002) at Rétromobile and sold that day.
The new buyer, reportedly from Belgium, asked to keep out the car from Rétromobile. So she was just staying 2 days at Rétromobile 2002… She was replaced by a Lotus 11.
Report adapted from information collected and supplied by Emmanuel Joucla
More can be found about this car here.
Photos Courtesy of Emmanuel Joucla and Frank Pandolfi