Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 169
Year : 1968
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
Registration No. : RAH 400F
Chassis No. : 50/0418
Engine No. : TBC
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


Graham Hill.  It is often quoted that Graham Hill was
not a naturally talented driver, although with two Grand Prix
Championships, an Indianapolis 500 win and victory at the Le Mans
24 Hours, what do you need to do to be talented? In fairness, Hill
only learnt to drive when he was twenty four years of age. No
matter, by the time he was twenty six, he began his racing career
and three years later he was on the grid for the 1958 Monaco Grand
Prix in a Lotus 12. In fact, Monaco really belonged to Hill with
him winning there five times. His first championship win came in
1962 in a BRM with his second following in 1968 whilst with
Lotus.  Hill was always easily recognised whilst racing,
by his distinctive racing helmet that carried the London Rowing
Club's cap design - dark blue with oar shaped tabs; a design his
son Damon carried into his racing career.  Tragically,
Graham Hill was killed in his Piper Aztec along with five other
members of his Embassy Hill Racing Team in 1975, shortly after
retiring from motor racing. Graham Hill will be remembered for many
things but perhaps mostly as being a charming, tall, elegant,
mustached, witty and well spoken Englishman and the only racing
driver to take racing's triple crown of Formula One, Indianapolis
500 and Le Mans.

We are delighted to offer this 1968 Lotus Elan Plus 2 that was
given to Graham Hill for his personal use whilst at Team Lotus.
Originally supplied in silver, this Plus 2 was driven by the famous
Lotus twin-cam power unit mated to an all synchromesh four-speed
gearbox. The current owner and vendor acquired this Plus 2 during
August 1976; by which time, RAH 400F was sporting yellow coachwork.
Our vendor used the car for commuting and holidays abroad. Shortly
prior to one such trip abroad, the Lotus suffered engine problems
and a decision was made to replace the unit with another, rather
than rebuild the original engine, due to time constraints. This was
a common fix for many marques during that period, as the cars had
little value and the costs of rebuild outweighed the easily
obtainable second hand engines. Today, this Plus 2 can be described
as requiring restoration. The body, however, does look straight and
the original silver finish may still be seen in places. An
interesting history file contains the original log book and shows
the first registered keeper as Lotus Cars Ltd., dated
18th June 1968. Also included is a letter from
Lotus Cars (Sales) Ltd., from 15th July 1970 that
states that RAH 400F was supplied to Graham Hill for his
exclusive use during has associations with Team Lotus and was
registered by Lotus Cars Ltd.  A well known photograph
of Graham Hill next to the Lotus and his aircraft adds further to
the provenance. The vendor informs us that whilst in his ownership
over the past 40 years, the car has been garaged for the past 37
years. The odometer is faulty but the vendor informs us that the
mileage is approximately 120,000 miles.  

Offered with no reserve, this must represent a fabulous
opportunity to acquire a Lotus used by triple crown champion Graham
Hill, a name that sits alongside the greats. Such opportunities are
rare indeed.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170