1967 Lotus Cortina Mk2 Racecar


This Lotus Cortina is a very, very, special racecar, and is a genuine MkII Lotus Cortina, complete with its original Ford (Lotus) build plate. Back in the 1980s a Lotus enthusiast found a nice left-hand-drive US specification street car in Colorado (which means no rust!) and took it to local Denver race shop 3R-Racing who, in the late 80s, did a ‘no expense spared’ build to make it a top class racecar. Look up 3R and you will see they have run several National Series Championship winning teams such as K-Pax Racing. They did all the tricks etc. to make this Cortina it a top-class racer. I have the bills for Lotus Twin-cam engine taken out to 1600cc that was built by a local specialist engine builder and cost over $30,000. The full car build cost upward of $75,000, yes, seriously!

All the Cortina needs to go racing are new belts, which just expired (August 2021: I just put new belts). I would also get a different light weight battery set up as I race with a regular heavy duty battery (as the car has no alternator). It has a new set of Toyo tyres with about 50 laps on them. I have a spare set of wheels which are regular Lotus Cortina steel wheels (heavy), not Minilites which are fitted for racing. The bonnet currently on the car is carbon-fibre (shown in the track pics) which I had made locally and our Vintage race club said was OK to run with. I do have the original steel bonnet as well, which will come with the car, just in case some official wants to get difficult on the rule book. The CF bonnet saves about 30lb. What else can I tell you? In a totally random list, it has:

1598cc Lotus Twin-cam, very high spec with all the right bits (e.g. titanium valves, canister water pump) put together by a fancy engine specialist in Denver a number of years ago. I had it refreshed 3 years ago with new bearings, rings, bolts, chain, gaskets etc., twin Weber 45s, electronic ignition/distributor, 4-speed gearbox, magnesium bell-housing with new clutch plate and CSC in the bell-housing, a full plumed in fire system, the dry sump, oil tank is behind the passenger seat and has a built in 110v oil heater system (for cold day start ups), disc brakes front, drums rear, brake balance adjuster, new fuel cell two years ago, vented etc. with one way valve, plexiglas side and rear windows, and a very nice, very solid, full roll-cage.

This car is currently in the US but could be shipped to Europe.

Shop Lotus, through the Lotus-Library/Coterie Press are the official representatives of the current owner, so for more information on, or to discuss the possibility of how you could own this beautiful car, contact us in person and in confidence via email at library@auto-archives.org

  • US Price$55,500 + $ tba p&p;
  • UK Price£40,000 + £ tba p&p;
  • EU Price£40,000 + £ tba p&p;