F1 champion Jim Clark’s Lotus Cortina for sale at Festival of Speed auction

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An original Lotus Cortina works racing car once driven by legendary Formula 1 World Champion Jim Clark is among the star turns at auction during the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month.

Lotus Cortina has huge pedigree

Its pre-auction estimate runs at £200,000-£250,000 but it comes with huge motor racing pedigree.

As well as the F1 champion, the now fully restored Lotus Cortina Mk1 was also driven by touring car champions Sir John Whitmore and “Gentleman” Jack Sears as part of the 1965 Lotus works team.

Registered JTW 498C, it was raced with the 496C and 497C. It comes with its full factory record card itemising events entered, dates, drivers, engines fitted and failures. There are also includes comments from drivers and mechanics.

The log shows in 1965 the Cortina was driven by Sears at Goodwood and Snetterton. Clark drove it at Silverstone and Brands Hatch and Whitmore at Oulton Park.

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