The Mecum Auction at Monterey is set for Aug. 15-17, and forms part of a huge celebration of classic sports cars on California’s Monterey Pensinsula that also includes the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the World Class Automotive Film & Arts Festival.
Held at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course (1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, Calif.) the Mecum Auction will feature a wide variety of exotica, along with the Granite Falls Vintage Race Car Collection, which is a group of around 30 midgets, quarter-midgets and big cars.
We’ll be spotlighting some of the cars on offer here at RACER.com. Today, a 1984 Lotus Type 95T John Player Special, as driven in Formula 1 by Nigel Mansell.
This 1984 Lotus Type 95T John Player Special is one of four such cars built by Lotus for the 1984 Formula 1 season. Designed by Frenchman Grard Ducarouge, the 95T helped re-establish Lotus as a Formula 1 contender. The first newly designed Lotus F1 chassis since 1981’s controversial twin-chassied 88, the 95T was the third generation F1 Lotus to employ Renault’s supremely powerful V6 engine using twin KKK turbochargers and a Lotus/Hewland FGB 5-speed manual transmission.
The car also took full advantage of contemporary construction techniques and ground effects design, using a one-piece Kevlar upper body over a carbon fiber monocoque and ground effects undertray. Suspension followed common contemporary F1 practice with double wishbone control arms, pull-rod operated inboard coil springs and shock absorbers and front and rear anti-roll bars.
A compact and carefully packaged design, the 95T was 166 inches in overall length, 84.5 inches wide and just 39.5 inches high. Riding on a 105-inch wheelbase and weighing in at just 1,188 lbs, the 95T was capable of over 210mph, with 1,100hp on tap for qualifying and approximately 700 in race trim from the 1,492cc V6.
Resplendent in its gold-on-black John Player Special livery, the 95T was the first regular Team Lotus ride for future World Champion Nigel Mansell, who answered the faith placed in him by his mentor, Lotus founder Colin Chapman, by qualifying second at the Monaco Grand Prix, taking the pole at the Dallas GP and finishing in the top 10 in the driver standings for the first time in his career. The 95T thus helped establish Mansell’s stature in F1; today he still rates fifth in all time Formula 1 career Grand Prix wins with 31.
This historically significant turbo-era F1 Lotus is no trailer queen. Renowned engineer Dean Sellards was retained to restore the car’s twin-turbocharged Renault V6 engine to top tune, and the car has been upgraded to accept a starter jack and the electronics set up to run off a laptop computer, making it perfectly suitable for vintage F1 parade laps and events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
For more information about this or other Mecum Auction Monterey cars, visit www.mecum.com.