The Lotus Mark IX (1955) was an aluminium-bodied sports racing car
manufactured by Lotus Engineering Ltd.. About thirty of the Mark IX
sports racing cars were made. It was closely related to the Lotus model
Mark VIII (1954), of which only about seven cars were made. These cars
were largely based on the innovative space frame of the Lotus Mark VI
(1952). The highly aerodynamic bodies were designed by Frank Costin and
constructed by Williams & Pritchard Limited.
The Lotus Works Team entered at
least one Mark IX in the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1955, driven by
Chapman, which may have been equipped with disc brakes. However, the car
was disqualified apparently due to his reversing the car to re-enter the
race track after going off course.
This resin model is by Midlantic Models, it was sourced from a private
collection in July 2018