A FORMULA 1 legend’s personal motor is set to go under the hammer – but motorheads will have to part with a hefty sum to own it.
The 1972 Lotus even comes with a bonus gift of a photo of the racing icon stood next to it outside his home.
Ronnie Peterson, or as he was best known during his career, the ‘SuperSwede’, went from karting to Formula 3 and then became European Formula 2 Champion in 1972 – and even came close to winning the Formula 1 World Championship twice.
His classic ride is being auctioned off by Iconic Auctioneers and could fetch as much as £60,000.
The exact mode is a 1972 Lotus Elan Plus 2 S 130-5.
Wrapped in a Lagoon Blue with black trim, the motor has a designated S130/5, with the ‘S’ standing for the 130bhp Sprint specification engine and a five-speed gearbox.
The fancy four-wheeler is an evolution of the companies “breakthrough” ‘Elan’ five years before and was the firms first punt at breaking into the upmarket sportscar sector.
The auction reads: “Whilst current market values often don’t show it, the Elan Plus 2 was a pivotal car for Lotus when it launched in 1967.
“Its Ron Hickman lines and shared name may have pinned it with the petite breakthrough Elan of five years prior, but the Plus 2 was much more than a mere variant of the first mass-market Lotus.
“Where its junior sibling was aimed squarely at the enthusiastic hobbyist, the Plus 2 was conceived to tempt the affluent young family man out of his Jaguar and into a Lotus for the first time.
“Consequently, the Lotus was generously adorned with Walnut veneers, leather, gauges, switches and the airy interior required by arriving young executives and their families.
“In confirmation of this, the Plus 2 was the first Lotus not available in self-assembly form.”
But what separates this particular model from the rest it that it was handed to racing champion Ronnie Peterson, who at the time was a Lotus Formula 1 driver.
The expert racer died following a multi-car pile up at the start of the 1978 Italian Grand Prix – shocking the racing world.
Two letters that come with the whips well-recorded history from Lotus themselves confirms that Ronnie used the car as is personal ride – and the dispatch book shows it was “earmarked for the immensely talented ‘Super Swede'”.
The listing reads: “The archives show that #1001L was handed over to Ronnie on 23/11/72.”
And to further confirm the car’s storied history – and famous first owner – a DVLA print out that confirms the history comes with the paperwork.
The listing reads: ” The car first registered to Lotus Cars with Ronnie Peterson’s signature and a date stamp of 22nd November 1972.”
As well as the precious paperwork – a special photograph also comes included of it of Ronnie Peterson on the drive of his Maidenhead home.
The auctions will take place on Saturday 24th February, 2024 at 11.00am GMT at Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh Rd, Coventry.
Budding car enthusiasts will need to set aside at least £60,000 to get their hands on it – but ultimately the price will depends on what punters are willing to pay, so it could fetch a much higher price when going under the hammer.
This comes after a rare Plymouth Superbird – which featured in a classic Pixar film – has gone for sale for a whopping £147,000.
And, a super-rare four-wheeler dubbed the “holy grail” by collectors put motorheads on high alert after discovering it will be be sold at auction.