The 1964 Lotus Type 34 – amazingly, still in private hands rather than in a museum – ticks all the boxes, and more, for lovers of Indy racing, A J Foyt, Jim Clark, Dan Gurney as well of course as Colin Chapman and Lotus. The colourful single-seater's connections with them all gives it a unique place in motorsport history.
It is Lotus 34 chassis number two – and no, it didn’t win the Indianapolis 500. But it did take pole at the Brickyard in 1965 with A J Foyt driving, setting an Indy qualifying record at 161.233 mph.
That year Foyt (and Parnelli Jones) took the Lotus to five USAC championship race victories, securing pole a remarkable 10 times in 18 races. Chassis number two in Bonhams' Quail Lodge Auction is the most successful of all the Lotus Indycars.
The Lotus 34 played a pivotal role in the rear-engined revolution of Indy racing in the early ’60s, as engineered by Dan Gurney and Colin Chapman. F1 pilot Gurney convinced Chapman that it was time for some F1-style Lotus ingenuity to take on the front-engined American cars at Indianapolis, and together they convinced Ford to provide the V8 power to do it.