1964 Lotus Type 34
Offered by Bonhams | Carmel, California | August 18, 2017
Lotus was far from the first European car company to try and conquer the Indianapolis 500, after all Peugeot won the third running. But there are few car companies that really left as an indelible a mark at the Speedway quite like Lotus did. They brought the rear-engined revolution. They were the rear-engined revolution. The 1964 Type 34 was their second “Champ Car” made specifically for American ovals.
The Type 34 was an evolution of Colin Chapman’s original Indy entrant, the Type 29. Lotus teamed with Ford for power and this car features by a 495 horsepower 4.2-liter V-8. It has a two-speed manual transmission. It’s racing heritage includes practice for the ’64 500 and the following:
- 1964 Milwaukee Mile – DNF (with A.J. Foyt)
- 1964 Trenton 200 – 1st (with Parnelli Jones)
- 1965 Phoenix 150 – DNF (with Foyt)
- 1965 Trenton 100 – DNF (with Foyt)
- 1965 Indianapolis 500 – Pole, 15th, DNF (with Foyt)
- 1965 Milwaukee Mile – DNF (with Foyt)
- 1965 Langhorne 150 – DNF (with Foyt)
- 1965 Trenton 150 – 1st (with Foyt)
- 1965 Indianapolis Raceway Park – 4th (with Foyt)
- 1965 Langhorne 125 – 2nd (with Foyt)
- 1965 Atlanta 250 – DNF (with Foyt)
- 1965 Trenton 200 – 1st (with Foyt)
- 1965 Phoenix 200 – 1st (with Foyt)
- 1966 Trenton 200 – 3rd (with Foyt)
That’s quite the history, even if the transmission gave out on the car seemingly more often than not. But it was quick in its day with who else but A.J. Foyt at the wheel. Foyt kept the car until 1992 when the current owner acquired it. The restoration is fresh, having been completed earlier this year.
All four of A.J.’s 500-winning cars are owned by the Speedway Museum. This pole-winning car (which set a lap record at Indy) is referred to as one of the most significant Foyt cars in private hands by the catalog. It is the winningest Indy Lotus and one of only two Type 34s in existence – the other at the IMS Museum. Get it while it’s hot – but it won’t come cheap. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.
Update: Not sold.