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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1964 Lotus 30

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Documented Ford-powered 1964 Lotus 30 for sale on From the seller’s description:

This particular car was completed December 29 1964 at the Lotus factory. It has been fully documented from the day it was sold new to Homer Rader owner of Lotus Southwest in Dallas Texas. Rader raced the car successfully in USRRC and SCCA competition before selling it to Leroy Melcher of Houston Texas who competed with the car. In the late 1960s the car was leased to Universal Studios where it appeared with Paul Newman Robert Wagner and Joanne Woodward in the 1969 movie “Winning”. A total of nine documented owners from New York to California (each identified with name and address in records) cared for and maintained this Lotus 30 until 1995 when Northern California enthusiast Julio Palmaz purchased the car and embarked on a five-year $127 000.00 restoration engaging racing experts Huffaker Engineering and a host of specialists to complete the stunning car seen today. Most importantly the restoration was a great deal more involved than general restorations as several components required hand fabrication using specialized materials including but not limited to fabricating and sand blasting vintage Brembo calipers fabricating half shafts for spiders machining a new steering column and column support machining new steering arms half shaft yokes reworking wheels and crash cell platform mounts and dozens of other custom built pieces specifically crafted to maintain the authenticity of this great car. Shortly after the restoration was completed the car sold to the current owner who has properly cared and preserved the car while also participating in various vintage events including the Monterey Historics in 2008 2009 and 2011 and most recently the 2015 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival.

Today the car is accompanied by a complete and detailed history including a documented unbroken chain of ownership (with bills of sale) documented USA racing competitions Lotus MSO period photographs with accurate written identifications Lotus 30 Registry class listing news articles race results correspondences between owners and copious mechanical notations for service repairs and most recently detailed receipts for the comprehensive restoration and detailed dyno sheet recording performance figures. Recent follow up service records and receipts are also included for post-restoration service and improvements further validating this already amazing car.

Currently this Lotus 30 must be counted among the finest and most correctly equipped examples in existence. The restoration was completed to a very high standard and all updates have been performed with the same level of excellence from marque experts and racing specialists under current ownership. While the restoration was performed on the original chassis considerable care was taken when restoring the chassis to eliminate the minor design flaws and flex issues which all Lotus 30s suffered from. To that end the pyramid over the transaxle was remade out of much heavier gauge material than Lotus used in period thus improving the “tuning fork”. The paint was completed to higher than competition standards and remains in very nice condition with excellent panel fit and very nice body surfacing displaying gorgeous accurate period livery. Excellence continues as one circles the front sides and rear of the car admiring the beautifully finished wheels shod with Dunlop tires. Of particular note are the seamlessly integrated headlights and clear covers blending perfectly into the sweeping front fenders. As stunning as the bright red paint and curvaceous bodywork is once your eyes become fixated on the chrome plated velocity stacks erupting from the engine everything seems to fade in the distance. Somehow this mechanical disruption to the fluid form creates a captivating partnership of brawn and beauty that reverberates through your entire body even though the engine has yet to fire.

Under the deck lid the beautiful and powerful Ford 302 V8 engine mated to a ZF 5 speed transaxle reveals the heart of this potent racer. The carburetors are true original (not the common recreation) sand cast IDA’s which are nearly impossible to find. Fit and finish achieved throughout the engine compartment far exceed original specifications resulting in a very reliable and handsome car pleasing both the eyes and the driver’s confidence. Dyno sheets boast just over 500hp (with shop headers likely just under 500hp with the headers in the car) echoing the high standards Huffaker restoration specialists insisted on achieving. Finishes mechanical linkages wiring hoses and supporting performance equipment are all prepared with reverence to the original design but again offered with sensitive updates critical to making a competitive but safe historic racecar. The nicely designed (currently compliant) roll bar and wraparound windshield reveals just a few of the many historic events and races this car has competed in. The interior is purposefully equipped with quality materials working in harmony with historically accurate details and tastefully updated safety features. There is literally no component of this car that has not been addressed with excellence either in the Huffaker restoration or in subsequent servicing performed by the current owner.

The car comes with multiple spares including a dozen spare wheels a spare formed completion seat for racing use various suspension parts a complete set of spare body parts a spare windshield radiator spare oil cooler and spare 289 engine block and heads. Also included are various structural chassis parts including a spare center box main frame from another Lotus 30 which with some research may even constitute the underpinnings of another car. Also present is a spare exhaust and dozens of other miscellaneous parts finish off the ample list of spares. Also included are all documents recording the history and restoration as well as recent service records.

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Emeryville, California
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