The Essex Racing Team Lotus, Mario Andretti, Elio De Angelis and Nigel Mansell, 1980 Lotus 81 Ground Effect Formula 1

  • Chassis: 81/1
  • For sale with an entry to this years Monaco Historic Grand Prix.
  • The first of only five Lotus 81 ever built. 81/1 competed in 11 World Championship Grand Prix between 1980 and 1981, carrying the famous Team Essex Lotus Racing livery and was driven by Mario Andretti, Elio De Angelis and Nigel Mansell.
  • Piloted by not one, but two Formula 1 World Champions, securing the highest place finish of the 1980 season for Team Lotus, with 2nd place at the 1980 Brazilian Grand Prix for Elio De Angelis.
  • Driven by the second of its two World Champion drivers (or Champion-to-be at that point), Nigel Mansell in the 1981 Belgium Grand Prix. He held off Gilles Villleneuve in the Ferrari to take 3rd place and with that his first ever podium in Formula 1.
  • Retained in the ownership of Team Lotus from new until purchased by its current, and only private owner, in 2016.  
  • Recommissioned by Classic Team Lotus and run by them, and then OC Racing, this has been a competitive feature in both the 2018 and 2022 Monaco Historic Grand Prix as well with the popular Masters Historic Formula 1 Series.
  • With its Cosworth DFV engine being refreshed by TMAX Engines as we speak, in preparation for the 2024 season, and accompanied by up to date FIA HTP papers, fuel tanks and crack testing in date, as well as a comprehensive spares package; this represents an exciting opportunity to be only the second private owner from new. 
  • With Masters recent merger with the UAE based global motorsport group GP Extreme and their flagship Gulf Classeic and of course this year’s greatly anticipated Monaco Historic Grand Prix; surely there can’t be many more desirable, exciting and glamorous entries into these prestigious grids than a highly original Works Team Lotus DFV ground effect Formula 1. Particularly one that was piloted in period not only by one, but two of the greatest Formula 1 World Champions of all-time. 

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