Lotus 39

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The Lotus 39 was a single seat racing car produced by Team Lotus. It was originally intended for use in Formula One, to be powered by the Coventry Climax 1.5 litre flat-16 engine. But the engine never eventuated, so the chassis was modified by Maurice Philippe to accept a 2495 cc Coventry Climax FPF engine, which produced about 230 bhp (172 kW), and was used for the 1966 Tasman Series races in Australia and New Zealand. In the hands of Jim Clark, the 39 scored 1 win, 5 second places and 1 third place and Clark finished second in the series behind Jackie Stewart.[1]

The car was then purchased by Leo Geoghegan who raced it in Australia and New Zealand from 1966 to 1970, replacing the Climax engine with a Repco V8 in 1967.[2] Geoghegan also used it in Repco-powered form to win the 1969 JAF Grand Prix at the Fuji Speedway in Japan.[3][4] The car was then sold to Brian Power who put a 1.5 litre Ford engine in the car. It was later rescued and restored to Climax specification by John Dawson-Damer.[5] It will be shortly offered for sale as part of Dawson-Damer's estate sell off of his Lotus collection.[6]


  1. ^ Nye, Doug (1978). Theme Lotus. Motor Racing Publications. ISBN 0-900549-40-8. 
  2. ^ CAMS Gold Star race results 1964-1970 Retrieved from members.optusnet.com.au on 3 April 2009
  3. ^ IV Grand Prix of Japan 1969 Retrieved from www.formula2.net on 5 April 2009
  4. ^ 1969 JAF Grand Prix
  5. ^ Tuckey, Noel (1986). The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. R & T Publishing. pp. 312–314. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 
  6. ^ "Sydney to Host the Sale of the Dawson-Damer Collection of Historic Lotus Race Cars". bonhamsandgoodman.com.au. 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2008-10-11. [dead link]