1960 Lotus 19 “Monte Carlo”
|Color:||White with Green Stripe|
|Engine:||2.5 Liter Coventry Climax FPF|
History: Selling new to up-and-coming Canadian talent Peter Ryan, one of only seven built with a 2.5 liter Coventry Climax FPF engine. A total of 16 were built altogether. A widened version of the successful Lotus 18 Formula One car, the 19 was immediately a race winner. The 19 model was driven by such greats as Dan Gurney, Stirling Moss, Innes Ireland, and Masten Gregory. This car was first raced by Peter Ryan, a Philadelphia born Canadian resident of Mt. Tremblant, Quebec. Had considerable racing success, finishing in second to Roger Penske’s Birdcage Maserati at Lime Rock Park, winning at St. Eugene and Motorsport (beating Moss and Gendbien, also in 19s). Winning at Ontario, where he beat Rodriguez in a Ferrari. Ryan’s success earned him a Formula Jr. Drive in Europe. Drives with Luigi Chinetti in a Ferrari 248 at the Sebring 12 Hours and Daytona 24 Hours. Then co-drive with John Fulp in a Ferrari 250 GTO at LeMans. Sadly, this young talent was killed in a Formula Jr. racing accident in Reims, France. Next owner, Francis Bradley, wins the 1962 Canadian Championship. Then again, next owner Dennis Coad, wins the 1963 Canadian National Championship. It has a fully known ownership from new to the current time. Most recently owned by Bobby Rahal, who remembers watching the 19 race when he was a youngster going to the races with his father.
Condition: Always looked after by topflight race shops. From Griswold & Co., then Phil Reilly and Co. of San Francisco and most recently John Anderson at Sonoma Raceway. Engine rebuilt by Ivan Zaremba of Phil Reilly and Co. in 2019. One of the most original examples of the Lotus 19. Excellent restoration and race prep receipts. A successful competitor in its class in historic races.
Of Note: Includes a binder of documents showing race history, complete ownership, restoration, and log book.
Spares: Lotus transaxle and more.