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Lotus 19 - Climax, Chassis 951, at the 2010 Monterey Motorsports Reunion, WM

Lotus 19 - Climax, Chassis 951, at the 2010 Monterey Motorsports Reunion, by Wouter Melissen - Ultimatecarpage.com

The Lotus 19 or Monte Carlo is a mid-engine sports-racing car designed by Colin Chapman of Lotus and built from 1960 until 1963.

The Lotus 19

The 19 is a mid-engine, rear wheel drive sports racer with a fiberglass body over a tube frame and the first cars were fitted with a Coventry Climax FPF engine.

Chapman named the car Monte Carlo to honor Stirling Moss for his win at the 1960 Monaco Grand Prix. Lotus' first F1 victory.

This is said to mimic Cooper's naming of the Cooper Monaco after their win at Monaco in 1958.

The 19B

Lotus 19B - Ford, Chassis 966, at the 2007 Monterey Historic Automobile Races, WM

Lotus 19B - Ford V8, Chassis 966, at the 2007 Monterey Historic Automobile Races, by Wouter Melissen - Ultimatecarpage.com

Towards the end of 1963, John Klug founder of Pacesetter Homes Racing commissioned Lotus to build a special 19 to be V8 powered. Ford's new lightweight engine was chosen. Roy Campbell finished the car in Southern California. Dan Gurney, who had enjoyed considerable success at the wheel of the Arciero Brothers Lotus 19-Climax was the driver.

Because of its unique specification, it was known as the 19B, the only 19 with this designation. Originally delivered in red livery, the car first appeared at Nassau in December 1963. In 1964

it was the fastest sports car in the world, but the car's weak spot was its Colotti transaxle, the failure of which led to a number of retirements. By mid 1965 it was just another old car. It continued racing in Southern California and eventually dropped out of sight.

Wayne Linden of Roseville, California found it in a semi trailer waiting to be turned into a "dune" buggy. He restored it to early 1964 configuration except for the Colotti and ran it in mostly Cobra club events. He sold it to Gordon and Nancy Gimbel. Today the car regularly appears at vintage car events in the US.