The racing automobile Lotus 30 was the first Lotus with a large displacement sports car racing machine following the success of the smaller Lotus 19 and Lotus 23. Like the last Lotus 19 called Lotus 19B, which had a Ford V8 engine installed in place of Coventry Climax FPF, it was designed by Colin Chapman and Martin Wade, and built in 1964. Lotus 30 was raced in British races like the Guards Trophy or international races such as Nassau Speed Week that allowed FIA Group 4 Sports Car class of racing machines, and much more, in Can Am series. This explains why the Lotus 30 and 40 (built in 1965) were originally equipped with headlights, tail lights and a windshield wiper.
The curvaceous fibreglass body work and Pickle Fork backbone chassis first seen in the front engine Lotus Elan. This contrasts with the Lotus 19's space frame design. On the Lotus 30, the layout was reversed and placed the engine behind the driver. Lotus engineer Len Terry was asked by Chapman to comment on the draft concept. Powered by a 4.7 litre (289 c.i.) Ford V8 engine, the Lotus 30 had the same used in the Ford GT40, with a 5 speed ZF syncromesh transaxle which was far more reliable than Colotti transaxle in 19B handling the V8 torque. The Lotus 30 was an incredibly fast car but problems were related to the torsional rigidity of the backbone chassis. Jim Clark laboured with the car, and managed to prise some promising results with it before it was replaced with the Lotus 40. This one was equipped with 15in wheels and vented disc brakes as well as a larger engine. This chassis type proved to be perfectly acceptable for the lower powered Lotus Europa, and was used on the Esprit series cars with further development.
The rare model we have on sale was produced in about thirty copies. It is in very good condition of origin and matching numbers, with a known history.