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The two Lotus Mark Nines at Sebring in 1955 were both vying for the lead in their class for the first part of the race. Then “Sebring 2”, whilst being driven by Samuelson, went off the track and cracked the sump on an obstruction in the grass.  It seems that the driver had been blinded by the low evening sun. The result was that the car had to retire. (See Autosport, 25th March 1955 and Sports Car Illustrated, July 1955). There was a feature article about “Sebring 2” in Road & Track for June 1955, but it is thought that the photograph in the article of the car by the aircraft cargo door actually shows “Sebring 1”. After the Sebring race the car was raced in South West America by Norman Scott and owner Bobby Burns. Norman Scott was placed 1st in the Fairfax National races, Fairfax, Kansas on 5th September 1955. Bobby Burns was advertising the car for sale in Road & Track in November 1955 for $4,500.
Ownership during 1956 is not known.
“Sebring 2” was owned by Hamilton Presterbridge of Baton Rouge, Louisiana from late 1956 to late 1957. He competed with it at the Mansfield Louisiana National Races, 25th November 1956 and March 1957 (SCCA  Sports Car Magazine January, May and July 1957). He advertised the car for sale in Road & Track, October 1957.
Ownership from 1958 to 1960 is not known.
Next recorded owner was Wendell Green of New Mexico. He and his son raced “Sebring 2” in Texas and California in 1961 and 1962. The current owner (Pierre Pinelli) has the 1962 New Mexico title to the car in the name of Wendell Green, and this quotes engine number 6258 which would be correct for an early 1955 Coventry Climax FWA. Wendell Green traded the car for an engineless Lotus Eleven from Chicago, Illinois in 1962.
Between 1962 and about 1969 “Sebring 2” was reportedly owned by Tito Nappi of Rockford, Illinois. During this time it appears that a start was made on installing a Chevrolet V8.
Don Kruzan of Rock Island, Illinois acquired the car (with V8) around 1969 in exchange for some Alfa Romeo parts.
Clark Lance bought “Sebring 2” from Don Kruzan in 1971, and retained it in its largely original state until selling it to Pierre Pinelli of Nice in November 2002.  
“Sebring 2” was sent to Mike Brotherwood of Chippenham, England for restoration, arriving on 10th January 2003. The writer saw the car shortly afterwards at Mike Brotherwood’s premises, and it was clear that, thanks to the stewardship of Clark Lance, it had remained in remarkably original condition – a real “time warp” in fact – and the unique features shown in the 1st April 1955 Autocar photographs were there to be seen. Almost all of the original chassis and bodywork were used in the restoration; the chassis footwell cross tube had to be replaced after it had been cut about for the V8 installation and the undertray was replaced for the same reason. A new rear access hatch was also made. Otherwise the original parts were all re-used. Sold then to two French owners the car has participated many times in Le Mans Classic and Peter Auto races, sold by us to its last owner; we bought the car and engage it regularly in Le Mans Classic and in 50's by Peter Auto.
"Sebring 2", is one of the most original Lotus Mark IX, ready to race and the first ever Lotus to enter an international race, made it eligible for the best world events. It will be delivered with a nice set of spare parts and a very nice historical file.


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Item Location: France
Joined January 2015
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Country: France
City: France
Phone: +33626486171
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