One of the world’s finest collections of Lotus competition and road cars will be offered by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed – which this year celebrates the marque’s 60th anniversary.
The Olav Glasius Collection includes 24 cars that date back to 1953, the star of which is the ex-Cliff Allison/Keith Hall 1956 Lotus XI ‘Wide-body’ Le Mans car, pictured (right) during the 1956 Le Mans 24 Hours as it passes the works Gordini of André Milhoux and Charles de Clareur. It has a sale estimate of £135,000-175,000. Others include a Mark VI, a Team Lotus works Le Mans Type 11, a Formula Junior Lotus 27 and a Formula 1/InterContinental Type 18. Ultra-low mileage road cars such as an Elite Series II and Esprit Turbo feature, as do a trio of concept cars.
Dutch textile magnate Glasius became a lifelong Lotus fan after seeing Jim Clark dominate the 1963 Dutch Grand Prix in a Lotus 25. He went on to accumulate the world’s largest privately owned collection of Lotus road and racing cars, which is expected to realise more than £1.5 million.
Historian and Octane contributor Doug Nye said: ‘There are few teams that encapsulate the romance of the “little guys beating the big guys” better than Team Lotus. Olav Glasius’s remarkable collection, which he assembled with painstaking care over many years, embodies the essence of what Colin [Chapman] was all about.’
James Knight, Bonhams’ motoring director, said: ‘The Lotus marque boasts all the credentials you could wish for. We have enjoyed watching Olav compete with his cars at historic racing events, including Goodwood. It is fitting that the collection will be offered at the Festival of Speed.