A collection of Lotus cars belonging to a world-renowned fan of the manufacturer will be sold at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed on 29 June this year, expected to make in excess of £1.5million.
Olav Glasius's collection of 24 Lotus cars will go under the hammer spanning 60 years of the marque with a special festival celebration of Colin Chapman's legendary car company.
Highlights of the vast collection will include rare Lotus racing cars from Mark VI through to Marks VIII and IX, a works Le Mans Type 11s and an original Formula Junior Lotus 27 and ex-F1 Lotus Type 18. A restored Lotus Elite Series II and Espirit Turbo will also be on sale as part of the road-going supercar collection, while some pre-production concept cars will also be offered.
Glasius, a Dutch textile industrialist, is believed to have the world's largest Lotus collection and has decided to put them up for sale "so that others can enjoy these wonderful machines". His passion for the marque blossomed when he watched Jim Clark race to the lead in the 1963 Zandvoort Grand Prix and on to three more Dutch victories up to 1967.
The collection will offer potential buyers an insight into the history of Lotus and the lifetime work of founder Colin Chapman.
Bonhams Motoring Historian, Doug Nye said:"There are few teams that encapsulate the romance of the 'little guys beating the big guys' better than Team Lotus and Olav Glasius's remarkable collection, which he has assembled with such love and painstaking care over so many years, truly embodies the essence of what Colin and his successors have been all about."
(Pictured: The Glasius Collection Ex-Team Lotus, Cliff Allison/Keith Hall 1956 Lotus XI 'Wide-body' Le Mans, photographed during the 1956 Le Mans 24 Hours passing the works Gordini of André Milhoux and Charles de Clareur. It is estimated to fetch between £135,000 and 175,000)