A very rare and unique Lotus 12 Sakabat with possibly the oldest surviving motor that was raced by Formula One World Champion and Australian Driver Jack Brabham is going up for auction this weekend.
“There were only ever 12 Lotus 12’s built, with only seven known still remaining, 3 in the UK, 1 in Belgium, 1 in the USA and only 2 in Australia, so this car is an extremely important part of Australian Motor Racing History,” said Mr. Lee Hames, Chief Operations Officer for Lloyds Auctions.
This period correct Lotus 12 Sakabat is a credit to Graham Howard who had the foresight to re-build the vehicle of Ern Tadgell’s Lotus 12 ‘Sakabat’ after its accident in QLD in 1960.
Tony Caldersmith, a Lotus Engineer, rebuilt the car period correct to the month where the original car was built. The total rebuild of the car commenced in 1971 with the vehicle being completed in 1979 using a few of the original components.
The motor alone has a story to tell. It could be the oldest surviving motor in the world driven by Jack Brabham with the no. FPF 430/3/1003 making it the 3rd FPF Motor built & period correct to the month when the original car was built.
The car includes many rare spares, magnesium wheels, tools, lotus drawings and documents including the CAMS logbook and C of D as well as FIA HTP papers allowing the car to race anywhere in the world.
“Any vehicle with a celebrity affiliation, provenance or an iconic history is set to go up in value, who knows what this car will end up selling for,” said Mr. Hames.
This car along with another 160 motorcycles, number plates, European, American, Australian classic vehicles this Saturday from midday. If you are looking to bid on the Lotus 12 Sakabat or browse the auction catalogue then visit www.lloydsauctions.com.au or click here.