Hi Karl-Heinz - good to hear from you ! How is progress on your 23 or is still your RP9 first priority ?
I have not done much on my Lotus files in recent times but there is one thing for sure: The German history of your car is continously documented from at least 1966 onwards. That's not what I call a fake !
Ok, it did not look like a 23 in the end when it was in the hand of Lotterschmid (1971) or Sebbach (from 1972 onwards) but that's what many many sister cars suffered from, as well. If it was #23-S-09 (as your chassis tag says) it would have been the first car of Irish racer Billy Bradshaw but I am still missing the link how it got to Germany. However, where I get increasingly confused is whether we are talking about the Lotus chassis number or the frame number. (One of the reasons is the discussion here around 23-S-04 which I have in my files as being a car having been in Germany in 1972 in the hands of Winkler with Porsche engine [and bodied like a KMW] and having subsequently moved to Pedrazza and further on.)
Back to your car: From the bits and pieces that Behnke had offered or sought I would suggest that it definately came here in 1965 or 1966 with a Colotti gearbox. I have small ads on file where Behnke offered it for sale with this 'box (July 1967 - but without engine) and where he has been seeking a Hewland (March 1966).
At one point in March 1968 (half a year or so after he sold the car to Karl Hurler) he has also offered a special three valve head conversion for a Kent engine. Has that been on the car when he bought it ?
May be all this gives some hints to our fellow members. One of the awful things when interviewing German or Continental drivers about the origin of their 2nd hand cars is when you ask them whom they bought it from: "From England ...."
Edited by r.atlos, 05 February 2011 - 23:43.