Tucked away back and around Woodcote corner, one of the day’s best finds was a stunning example of a 1954 Lotus Mark VI with a distinctive and fully original unpainted aluminium finish and chassis. This example is in fact only one of 5 chassis fitted with de Dion rear suspension, making it a rare example of the original Lotus ‘production’ car.
The late, great Colin Chapman was behind the spritely design, and like most early Lotus models, his hand is very much evident when you take a walk around this racetrack weapon.
As an engineer, Chapman was renowned for stripping back the unnecessary, with an often-fervent philosophy towards lightweight, fine handling race cars. He famously summarized his beliefs and stated “Adding power makes you faster on the straights. Subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere”.
Indeed, The Mark VI became a popular choice on Britain's racetracks and enjoyed consistent success, often beating more powerful entrants, earning praise for good handling and superior low-speed acceleration. Just as Chapman intended it.