Ronnie Peterson’s ’72 Lotus Elan heading to auction

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This 1972 Lotus Elan Plus 2S was a gift from Colin Chapman | Historics at Brooklands photos
This 1972 Lotus Elan Plus 2S was a gift from Colin Chapman | Historics at Brooklands photos
This 1972 Lotus Elan Plus 2S was a gift from Colin Chapman | Historics at Brooklands photos

Not only is the 1972 Lotus Elan Plux 2S on the docket for the Historics at Brooklands auction June 11 in England the car originally delivered to Formula 1 racer Ronnie Peterson, but it was the first 130/5 to leave the Hethel production line with a five-speed manual gearbox, the auction company reports in a news release.

“With a tempting estimate of £18,000 – £22,000 ($26,000 to $31,750) , this very original Elan Plus 2S 130/5 is sure to attract considerable interest,” Historics at Brooklands said in its release.

Peterson at home with his cars
Peterson at home with his cars

The car was presented to Peterson by Lotus chief Colin Chapman in November, 1972, soon after Peterson left the March F1 team to join Emerson Fittipaldi in Chapman’s John Player Team Lotus 72 racers.

Peterson’s road car still wears its original Lagoon Blue colors and is reported to be in good working order, and will be sold with its factory workshop manual, various invoices and photos of Peterson and the car.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.