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Published 24 April 2012

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Glasius Lotus Collection

Important Lotus Collection to be Offered by Bonhams at 2012 Festival of Speed

To coincide with the Lotus being honoured as the featured marque at this summer’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (28 June-01 July) the significant Lotus collection of Olav Glasius will be offered for sale at the Bonhams auction at the 2012 Festival, scheduled for Friday 29th June in the grounds of Goodwood House. The Glasius Lotus Collection is expected to realise in excess of £1.5 million and comprises 24 vehicles, covering a huge span of Lotus innovation and achievement from 1953 to the present day.

As a young motor racing enthusiast watching the legendary Jim Clark dominate the 1963 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort in a Lotus 25, Olav Glasius became a lifelong fan of this legendary British marque. As a Dutch textile industrialist, Olav’s lifetime of work and passion for race cars has allowed him to accumulate probably the world’s largest privately-owned collection of Lotus road and racing cars.

James Knight, Group Motoring Director of Bonhams, says, “We are both honoured and delighted to have been entrusted with the sale of Olav’s superb collection. The Lotus marque is hugely respected and boasts all the credentials you could wish for: an innovative and charismatic owner in Colin Chapman, one of the finest drivers the sport has ever known in Jim Clark, and manufacturer of sports and racing cars that could take on and beat the best the others could offer. We have enjoyed watching Olav successfully compete with his cars at historic racing events, including Goodwood, and it seems fitting that the collection will be offered for sale at the Festival of Speed where Lotus will be the event’s celebrated marque.”

In addition to an array of historic Lotus racing cars ranging from Mark VI through Marks VIII and IX, one of the desirable Team Lotus works Le Mans veteran Type 11s, to an original and unspoiled Formula Junior Lotus 27 and ex-Formula 1/InterContinental Lotus Type 18 – the Collection also includes road-going super cars from a Lotus Elite Series II to a Lotus Esprit Turbo. Capping the Glasius Lotus Collection is a trio of prototype/one-off concept cars of the type becoming increasingly popular with organisers of international Concours d’Elegance and design-excellence events.

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