Lotus mark X sports racing
This photo belongs to Bob Engberg
Model: Mark X, sports racing car
Chassis type: space frame
Chassis number: "James Dean's car"
Engine type: Offenhauser 91 ci
Engine number: 423
Gearbox type: MG TC
James Dean ordered a Lotus Mark X to replace the Porsche Speedster that he had been racing in Californian club events.
He ordered a rolling chassis, so that he could use an Offenhauser 4 cylinder engine rather than the usual 6 cylinder Bristol engine fitted to the other mark Xs.
Unfortunately the car was delayed and he purchased a Porsche Spyder and was killed in that before he could race the Lotus.
After his death the Lotus was raced by Jerry Timanus with MG & Coventry Climax engines, then Stan Peterson with a Buick V8.
The car has been restored by Mike Brotherwood and the Offenhauser engine is now with a well respected engine builder.
This photo belongs to Frank S
These photos belong to Allen Kuhn