For the company's upcoming Quail Lodge Auction, Bonhams have consigned an impressive collection of competition cars. These are headlined by a pair of single seaters. The rarest and most successful of the pair is this Lotus 34 Ford, which is the winningest of all Lotus Indy racers. The Type 34 had a disastrous debut at Indy due to a tyre choice that proved too ambitious. On proper tyres, the consigned example would go on to win four USAC races in the hands of Parnelli Jones and AJ Foyt. The latter also qualified it on pole for the 1965 Indy 500. Foyt would continue to own the car through to 1992 and it is now offered from its third owner. With the other surviving car part of the Indy Hall of Fame Museum collection, this represents a unique opportunity to acquire chassis 34/2. It is estimated to sell for over $1.8 million, which would make it the most expensive Lotus sold at auction in recent years.
Also due to cross the block is this Ferrari 312 T5. While not particularly successful, this car represents the last of a great line of flat-12 engined Ferrari single seaters that brought the team three drivers' world titles. Defending champion, Jody Scheckter, used this car in eight races during the 1980 season. It was subsequently sold to Luigi Chinetti and then on to the vendor in the late 1990s. He has used the car for historic racing and it is still ready to go would the next owner choose to take to the track once more. Its estimate is available upon request.

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1980 Ferrari 312 T5 - Chassis 046 -

1964 Lotus 34 Ford - Images, Specifications and Information