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Death of former Team Lotus designer, Len Terry

From Classic Lotus

Classic Team Lotus is very sorry to report the death of Len Terry, one of the great Team Lotus designers and a leading figure in motorsport design in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Len first worked for Lotus in the 50s, during the Hornsey days. He returned to Team Lotus in the early 60s, developing the Lotus 25 into the Lotus 33, which was used by Jim Clark to win the World Championship in 1965.

The same year Team Lotus won the Indianpolis 500 in the Lotus type 38, which Len designed almost single handed.

Jim Clark 1965 Indianapolis 500 Lotus-Ford 38/1
Jim Clark's 1965 Indianapolis 500 Winner, Lotus-Ford 38/1 (Photo: Ford)

In 1966 Len was hired by Dan Gurney to design the Eagle chassis which would serve for both Formula 1 and Indycar racing. Len's design is often cited as one of the most beautiful F1 cars of all time and it was quick too, famously winning the 1967 Belgian GP at Spa.

Len enjoyed an up and down relationship with Colin Chapman. They respected each other's abilities and Len was a strong character who had confidence in his 'talent and ability' and would not be intimidated.