According to the article “Will 1965 be the Year? The Development History of the Biggest Lotus”, Motor, 10 Jun. 1965, this Series 1 Lotus 30 was delivered to Simon de la Tour.

This car left the Lotus Factory on 11 Jan 1965, body color of “Super White”, Lotus Ford V8 Serial Number 1121, and ZF 5DS20 Serial Number 32.

1964 Simon de Latour (UK) 

  • de Latour raced the car a few times in 1965 with a best finish of 2nd place at Brands Hatch on 1965 Aug 07 (First in class of S+1.15). [1]http://www.racingsportscars.com/driver/archive/Simon-De%20Lautour-GB.html

1965 – John Nicholson / Farnborough Racing (GBR).

  • Note: This is not the John Nicholson that later went to found Nicholson/McLaren Engines, Ltd., the preparer of Ford Cosworth racing engines.)
  • Nicholson raced this car several times in 1966 [2]http://www.racingsportscars.com/chassis/archive/30__L__14.html
  • pre-1966 Apr 8

1967 – car for sale by David Prophet (GBR)

1967 – Göte Ingvar Johansson (SWE)

1967 Apr 30 – Photos of Lotus 30/L/16 Coupe, Ring-Knutstorp Sports Car Race

1968 – Jan Hillman (SWE)

1973 – Jan Rosberg (SWE)

1978/9 – Lasse Widenborg  (SWE)

UNK – Lasse Widenborg (SWE)

UNK – Leif Norberg (SWE)

2014 (summer) – Present – Magnus Ahlqvist (SWE) Current Owner.

Lotus 30/L/16 in restoration

This car is currently owned by Magnus Ahlqvist. The car is under restoration. Magnus has supplied a photo of the car during this process.

Jan Tromark has written an excellent history of this car for the Swedish website www.bilsportarvet.se and Jan has agreed to let his article be reproduced here. A (mostly) Google Translation of it follows: “Doghouse Lotus 30![3]http://www.bilsportarvet.se/cms/fran-hundkoja-till-lotus-30/

Last Updated on March 31, 2021 by Kirk Keyes


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