Introduced for the 1962 season, the Lotus 22 was a development of the earlier Lotus 20 single-seater that dominated the previous year’s Formula Junior racing series at the hands of Peter Arundell, Trevor Taylor and Jo Siffert – to name a few.
A stiffer, thicker tubular steel spaceframe chassis and outboard Girling disc brakes on all four wheels proved valuable upgrades to an already winning formula, enabling ‘Works’ driver, Peter Arundell, to famously bring home the 1962 Formula Junior championship with an incredible 18 wins from 25 starts!
Nearly all Lotus 22’s left the factory with a 1098cc Ford Cosworth 4-cylinder engine, which when coupled to a pair of Weber 40DCOE carburettors, produced well over 100bhp – not insubstantial for a car that barely tipped the scales at 400kg…
In all, 77 Lotus 22 race cars were built by Chapman’s team, many of which finding their way into the hands of budding privateers wanting to try their luck in sprint races and hill climbs all across Europe.
In more recent times, the thriving Formula Junior Historic Racing Association and their community of dedicated enthusiasts have cultivated a renewed passion for these wonderful machines, with many people now recognising Formula Junior as one of the most exciting and accessible series in the Historic racing calendar.
This particular 1962 Lotus 22 has lived a fairly unusual life.
The story begins in Southern Germany, where in the year 2000 it was bought from Roger Sarezki of Roger Racing by Kevin Whittle – renowned Lotus writer, restorer and racer – after it’d been advertised in the Club Lotus magazine as a Lotus 61 Formula Ford:
Contained within the car’s history file was an original ‘OSK Wagen Pass’ issued in 1973 by the then governing body of motorsport in Austria, which confirmed not only that the car was rebodied as a Lotus 61 at some time before 1973, but also that it had been in Austria for quite some time, with at least three previous owners listed in the book.
After bringing the car back into the UK, Kevin Whittle soon discovered that several features of his ‘61’ appeared to be incorrect, and after an extensive strip down and chassis analysis courtesy of Peter Denty, it was in fact decided that the car was an original Lotus 22.
The same conclusion was later supported by none other than the late Alan Putt – original architect of the Historic Formula Junior racing series.
As such, Kevin tasked Peter Denty with returning the car back to original 22 specification, complete with:
Stuart Rolt 1098cc Ford 109E Engine
Cosworth Front Mounted Drysump Pump
Twin 40DCOE Weber Carburettors w. Plated Inlet Manifolds
Hewland Mk6 5-Speed Gearbox w. Right-Hand Gear Change
Etc (see documentation for full breakdown)
However, during the rebuild in 2004, the car was sold to David Brand in an ‘unfinished’ state.
Thankfully, David continued the project with Peter Denty, before successfully registering the car for Historic Racing in 2007.
Receipts and invoices over the next few years indicate that the Lotus was in active use, though we don’t have any record on file of the races/events it may have competed in.
What we do know, however, is that in 2010, David’s application for FIA HTP Papers was successfully granted for Period F Single-Seater Racing Cars (FJ/2), and perhaps in preparation for some more competitive racing, David purchased a new cylinder head from Geoff Richardson Engineering Ltd.
The Lotus’ next owner, Nick Finburgh of Classic Autos in Kings Langley, purchased the car from David in 2017 before entering it in a series of historic racing events across the country.
Nick successfully renewed the Lotus’ HSCC identity papers in 2019, shortly before selling the car to its current owner, since which time it’s been relatively unused as part of a larger collection.
We commissioned a full visual and mechanical inspection of the car by an experienced specialist (which can be seen by clicking the link below), and have found that aside from the expected hallmarks of infrequent use (surface rust on brake discs etc), the Lotus is in fine mechanical form.
FIA HTP papers will need to be applied for by any prospective buyer in order to compete in the historic race series, but having spoken to a number of people ‘in the know’, we anticipate no serious hurdles along the way (though there might be some work required to meet the latest rules and regulations).
What we have here, then, is one of the most exciting and accessible tickets to the world of classic and historic single seater motorsport.
Eligible for a vast array of National and International events, including:
The Pau Classic Festival
Oulton Park Gold Cup
Oldtimer GP – Nurburgring
Spa 6 Hours
Algarve Classic Festival
and many more…
This Lotus represents a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to enter the historic racing scene.
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