Jim Russell Junior – 1961 Lotus 20/22

Designed to replace the 18, the Lotus 20 was lower, sleeker, shorter, wider and more aerodynamic than its predecessor. It dominated Formula Junior in 1961 with both factory drivers and privateers finding success, and in 1962 it was further improved with the 22, which had a stiffer chassis and Girling disc brakes up front. 1962 saw even more victories with Peter Arundell taking 18 victories in 25 starts.

This particular Lotus was sold new to California in 1961. It presumably did some racing, but no significant history is advertised.  Its next owner of note was the Jim Russell Racing School in 1965, when it would have joined the numerous other Lotus single seaters used by the school. According to the seller, it was fitted with a mock-up BRM body and used in the 1966 film Grand Prix. This would make sense, as Jim Russell set up the cars and much of the action for the film, but there doesn’t seem to be any proof of that.

It was reportedly then retained by the Jim Russell Racing School before being sold in 1987 to a new owner who restored it. It then made its way to a collector in Canada in 1992, and is offered from Ontario today after some occasional racing. Regardless of the history of this specific car, these Lotuses were some of the very best and most successful cars in the short-lived but exciting era of the Formula Junior series. This example has the right look, the right color and one of the most respected badges in single seater racing.

Check out the 1961 Lotus 20/22 here on eBay, where the reserve is not yet met at $9,100.

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  1. Super Formula Junior car with solid UK historic racing history .

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