Wearing the John Player Special livery, this Team Lotus Formula 1 car will be crossing the auction block next month and you should do everything in your power to get it.
F1 car liveries don’t come much more iconic than Lotus’ John Player Special. And if like most little boys you once dreamt of driving a Formula 1 car but never progressed past the local go-kart track this very special 1984 Lotus Type T95 could make up for it. Set to cross the auction block at the Mecum’s Monterey 2013 sale next month, the T95 is one of four such cars built by Lotus for the 1984 F1 season, and the third-gen F1 Lotus to use the Renault EF1 1.5-liter turbocharged V6 unit, which is rated at 700 horsepower and mated to a five-speed manual.
Driven by legendary British F1 champion Nigel Mansel during the 84 season, the Team Lotus Type T95 used a one-piece Kevlar upper body over a carbon-fiber monocoque and ground effects undertray. Weighing just 1,188 pounds it could hit 210 mph with ease and its Gold-on-Black livery remains one of the best looking finishes on an F1 car. Now imagine it sitting outside your driveway and tell us you don’t want it. Photos David Newhardt, Courtesy of Mecum Auctions.