1958 Lotus 16


RMD are very pleased to offer this ex-Graham Hill, ex-David Piper Lotus 16 chassis #363 for sale.

The Lotus 16 was the second single-seat racing car designed by Colin Chapman, and was built by his Lotus Cars manufacturing company for the Team Lotus racing squad. The Lotus 16 was constructed to compete in both the Formula One and Formula Two categories, and was the first Lotus car to be constructed for Formula One competition. Its design carried over many technological features of the first Lotus single-seater, the Lotus 12, as well as incorporating ideas which Chapman had been developing while working on the Vanwall racing cars. Although the Lotus 16 only scored five Formula One World Championship points in the three seasons during which it was used, its raw pace pointed the way for its more successful successors, the Lotus 18 and 21.

The second of two works cars built for the 1958 season, Lotus 16 chassis #363 raced extensively during its debut year driven by Graham Hill with his best result being sixth overall in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. At the end of the year, it was sold to the great privateer racer David Piper. He campaigned the car for two seasons in events all over Europe and also used it in his only Grand Prix outing, at Aintree in 1959.

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