Visit the new Jim Clark Motorsport Museum and see two of the most famous Jim Clark cars. The museum exhibits Jim’s 1967 Lotus Elan S3 Coupe (NLD 550E) as well as one of the most iconic Formula 1 race cars of all time, the Lotus Type 25 chassis R6.
The yellow Lotus Elan S3 Coupe (British Registration NLD 550E) was officially handed over to Jim Clark by Lotus Cars (Sales) Ltd on March 22nd, 1967. Because Jim gave up his UK residency over the Winter of 1966/67 (due to new British tax laws) it was built in left-hand-drive form for Jim’s Continental use. The total cost of the car (borne by Team Lotus!) was £1,504/13 (fifteen-hundred and four pounds, 13 shillings), including special equipment mods: intertia-reel seat belts, cigarette lighter, a radio, 4-months road tax (why not 12?) and a cassette tape recorder. Although the bill was sent to Jim’s new apartment in Pembroke, Bermuda (to which he had sent furniture from his Edington Mains farmhouse near Chirnside, Scotland). In reality, the Elan lived at the Paris flat of Jim’s friend, the journalist and Lotus confidante, Gerard “Jabby” Crombac (110, Rue de Sevres, 75 Paris 15th). This flat became Jim’s ‘home’ for the bulk of the 1967 season.
The glorious Lotus Type 25 R6 is powered by a 1.5 litre Coventry Climax V8, which Jim Clark drove in 10 Grand Prix’s in 1963, 1964 and 1965, including victories in the Dutch, Belgian, British and France races. The Lotus 25 is on loan from the Tinguely Museum in Basel, Switzerland. Jim Clark race cars are incredibly rare and sought after by museums and private collectors all over the world. We are extremely grateful to the Tinguely Museum for the loan of the car.
Visitors are welcome to get up close and see these amazing race cars, beautifully restored and exhibited under a vaulted ceiling with a sound track to echo a 1960’s race garage. Did you know… Jim Clark is most closely associated with Lotus, but during his early career he also completed in Porsche, Jaguar and Aston Martin race cars, you can find out more in our exhibition, film and Trophy Collection areas.