GRAHAM HILL’S LOTUS ON GRID AT AUCTION
Motorsport great’s Elan Plus 2 to be sold at Brooklands without reserve
A1968 Lotus Elan Plus 2 given to Graham Hill while he was with Team Lotus is on the grid at the Historics at Brooklands sale on 26 November.
The yellow Lotus that requires restoration has been owned by the vendor since 1976 and has been stored in a garage for the past 37 years. Offered without reserve, it is one of 130 classics offered in the auction at Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge, Surrey.
Hill began working for Lotus as a mechanic in the mid-1950s and by 1958 was driving a Lotus 12 in the Monaco Grand Prix. From 1960 to 1966 Hill drove for BRM, winning his first World Championship with them in 1962. Hill returned to Team Lotus for the 1967 season, winning his second World Championship with the Hethel, Norfolk-based team in 1968.
The history file presented with the car includes the logbook recording that Lotus Cars Ltd. was the first registered keeper, dated 18 June 1968. Also included is a letter from Lotus Cars (Sales) Ltd from 15 July 1970 stating; ‘Supplied to Graham Hill for his exclusive use during his associations with Team Lotus’. A photograph of Hill standing next to RAH 400F and his aircraft adds to the provenance.
Following his accident at the 1969 US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, in which Hill broke both legs, Lotus chief Colin Chapman found a place for Hill driving a Lotus 72 for Rob Walker’s team. Hill moved to the Brabham team for 1971-1972.
Under the current vendor’s ownership, the originally silver car received a replacement engine. The odometer is faulty but the vendor reports that it is approximately 120,000 miles.
Ripe for restoration, Graham Hill’s former Lotus Elan Plus 2.