How many ex­am­ples of the 72 were built, who drove them, and where are they now?

Autosport (UK) - - LOTUS 72 TURNS 50 | ALL THE CARS -


Pro­to­type un­veiled at Hethel; made GP de­but in 1970 South African GP Later stripped down to mono­coque; re­built into chas­sis 72/4 De­stroyed in Rindt’s fa­tal 1970 Ital­ian GP prac­tice crash

Some com­po­nents re­cov­ered from au­thor­i­ties by Team Lo­tus

Wisell scored podium on de­but at Watkins Glen in 1970 US GP

Sold to pri­va­teer Dave Charl­ton, then Ed­die Keizan, later Guy Tun­mer Fittipaldi wins at first time of ask­ing in a Lo­tus 72 in 1970 US GP

Car writ­ten off af­ter wheel fail­ure in 1973 Dutch GP qual­i­fy­ing

Peter­son takes car for 1973, scor­ing four GP wins

Sold to Team Gun­ston for 1974/75 South African Cham­pi­onships

Prin­ci­ple Fittipaldi car for 1973 cham­pi­onship

Sold to Team Gun­ston for 1974/75 South African Cham­pi­onships Favoured chas­sis of Peter­son

Still chal­lenged for 1974 ti­tle in 72’s fifth sea­son

Ninth 72 con­structed, for which the iden­tity num­ber 5 was reused

Ickx wins fa­mous 1974 rain-soaked Race of Cham­pi­ons at Brands Hatch Fi­nal 72 built, used by Peter­son af­ter with­drawal of Type 76

Last ran at Brands Hatch in 1981 for JPS spon­sor­ship an­nounce­ment

En­tered by Rob Walker for Hill, who failed to score a point


See chas­sis 72/4


Bought by UK col­lec­tor, re­mains in pe­riod con­di­tion

Re­built by Clas­sic Team Lo­tus, made pub­lic de­but at 2019 Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed

Owned by Ja­panese col­lec­tor and his­toric racer Katsu Kub­ota

Re­stored in 2020 by Clas­sic Team Lo­tus to 1972 ‘D’ spec, with­out de­formable side­pods

Re­tired into Don­ing­ton GP col­lec­tion be­fore sale to an Amer­i­can col­lec­tor

Owned and oc­ca­sion­ally raced by Greek driver Ioan­nis ‘John’ In­g­lessis

Re­sides in Chap­man fam­ily col­lec­tion, main­tained by Clas­sic Team Lo­tus

No­tably sold to Jo Sif­fert and Fittipaldi, now part of Richard Mille col­lec­tion

Ickx wins sod­den 1974 Race of Cham­pi­ons at Brands Hatch aboard 72E/5

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