Pacific Throttle House is thrilled with the chance to prepare and care for this beautiful Lotus 23B (s/n 23-S-49) for one of our best customers. When we found out we had a customer looking for a 23, we were happy to help arrange the purchase of this car, as it has been under the care of a friend of the shop for many years. It has a terrific history as one of the original two Normand Racing cars and was the first 23B to win a race in the hands of three-time F1 champion Jim Clark.
One of two cars delivered to Normand Racing for the 1963 season, this car was raced by Jim Clark and Tony Hegbourne, with two wins counting toward Clark’s sports car title that year. It is then sold to Tim Mayer, who put it to good use winning the U2L class at the Pacific Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. It went on to a long SCCA career into the 1990s before becoming a vintage racer up to this day.
After traveling to Southern California to inspect the car, the new owner was very pleased with the condition of the car and the extent of the spares package. The deal was done and the car headed up to Monterey, where PTH could go through it and prepare it for testing.
Inspection and Preparation
Once at our shop, the car was carefully inspected and prepared. We brazed two small cracks in the frame, replaced the wheel bearings at all four corners, resealed the gearbox, and did a full track prep including new fluids and alignment.