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Lot 202

Jim Clark Lotus 25 Coventry Climax by Renzo Jarno Vandi

Sold for €11.700

Renzo Jarno Vandi (b. 1974)
Bronze is inscribed with the artist’s signature on a silver plate and stamped P.U. (pezzo unico)
Base is inscribed with the title and artist’s name and signature
Bronze, on a painted and lacquered wood display base
Executed in 2006, this work is unique
Bronze: 17 × 75.5 × 31.5 cm, 6.7 × 29.7 × 12.4 in.
Base: 5 × 88 × 46.5 cm, 2 × 34.6 × 18.3 in.

In the ever-capable hands of Jim Clark, the Lotus 25 recorded an incredible 14 World Championship Grand Prix victories and propelled Clark to the 1963 World Championship title. He would also go on to win both the World Championship and the Indianapolis 500 in 1965.

This unique bronze, by sculptor Renzo Jarno Vandi of San Marino, was inspired by the artist’s personal passion for the marque, specifically Jim Clark and his iconic 1.5-litre, V-8-powered Lotus 25. Created using the traditional lost wax technique, the model was cast in bronze by Venturi Arte in Bologna, Italy. It was then intricately assembled, entirely hand-chiselled, and fire-patinated by the artist in his atelier in San Marino. With incredible craftsmanship, Jim Clark’s Lotus was created with remarkable accuracy and authenticity, down to the intricate detailing, including the engine, drivetrain, suspension mechanisms, and even the brake lines and hoses.

Displayed on a custom wood base finished in traditional Lotus racing colours, this one-of-a-kind bronze would be a fitting tribute in any collection of significance.

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