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Lotus 39

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 Script error: No such module "convert"., 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 on 3 April 2009
  3. ^ IV Grand Prix of Japan 1969 Retrieved from 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". 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2008-10-11. [dead link]

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