2000 Lotus 23C Recreation

Photos provided by the vendor

Shipping information to the UK as follows:
1500 pounds sterling to Southampton RORO (roll-on roll-off)
2500 pounds sterling to London Gateway in a 20 foot container.


  • Very quick road and track car
  • Built by race engineer from plans supplied by Colin Chapman
  • Opel Superboss 2.0 litre engine with 188 HP

The Appeal

Only six Lotus 23C’s were ever built so when the chance came to build a 23C replica, directly based on the original plans and specification supplied by Colin Chapman, an ex-South African Air Force Engineer, Philip Smit, couldn’t resist the challenge.

Founding a Motor Engineering workshop in Cape Town catering for racing cars the build of the 23C was started in 1999 and was completed and registered in 2001.

Built to a very high standard and using an Opel Superboss engine with a Cosworth head the car produces 188 HP and weighs only 580 Kgs. Those statistics add up to a very quick car indeed, with renowned Lotus poise and handling, a car registered for road use, but its true potential and speed will be found on a racetrack.

The History and Paperwork

  • Built in 1999/2001 from original specification drawings supplied by Colin Chapman
  • Only two owners with the original owner until only recently
  • Carefully stored and maintained throughout its life with relatively low use and mileage is believed genuine
  • One of only two 23C type cars currently in South Africa built to a very high standard
  • Very quick with exceptional handling
Built for performance and agility, the car is very competitive, reliable and economical to run, having just been completely recommissioned during recent months with many new parts and fettling.

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The Interior

  • Basic race interior with racing seat in good condition overall but shows signs of use and has some loose stitching on the driver’s racing seat
  • Anti-theft cut-out system installed
  • Two seats with belts
  • Sports carbon fibre steering wheel
  • Full race harnesses
  • Aluminium floors
  • Ignition and fuel cut-out switches
  • Twin chromed roll bar
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Oil pressure gauge
  • Rev counter
  • Speedometer
  • Fuel/air mixer adjustment
  • All instruments and switches work
  • Ready for racing, track and road use
A minimal and basic cockpit with all the instruments and equipment you need to get the most out of this Lotus 23C Recreation. All switches and gauges are reported to be in good working order and it’s in pretty good all-round condition having been used carefully and infrequently throughout its years. 

The seat has some loose stitching if you’re being picky, but otherwise it presents extremely well for a 22-year-old race car.

The Exterior

  • Good condition bodywork with its original painted Lotus Green livery and colours with a few stone chips up front and some inconsequential scratches
  • White racing stripes and sporting number 9
  • Aluminium radiator bracket has some damage to it
  • Rear view mirrors
  • Clear front wind deflector/screen
  • New 15” rims with recent semi-slick track tyres
  • All lights complete and working
  • Good condition throughout
Consistently maintained and subject to relatively gentle and infrequent use over the years, the exterior of the car presents very well and certainly looks every inch the racing car that it is.

The Lotus Green livery is original and has a few scratches and imperfections here and there around the fiberglass body but there’s nothing that looks out of shape or badly damaged to be concerned about.

The Mechanics

  • 2.0 litre Opel Superboss engine with Cosworth head
  • Twin Webers
  • Performance exhaust manifold
  • 188 HP
  • Dry-sump oil system
  • Weight 580 Kgs
  • Porsche 911 5-speed gearbox
  • Rose-jointed suspension
  • Recent battery
  • Recent recommissioning including full gearbox strip down and rebuild,
  • New aluminium radiator with new coolant lines and hoses
The car starts easily and runs well with no issues to report or advise. Fully recommissioned and serviced in the last few months this car is ready to drive away and enjoy.

The Summary

A very well put together Lotus 23C Recreation or Replica build from the ground up according to plans and specifications provided by no other than the legendary Colin Chapman himself.

Great looking, great condition, low mileage, very fast and very agile race car that is able to be registered for road use or take racing, either way you can be sure of thrills aplenty and countless hours of adrenalin filled motoring fun.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2000
  • Make Lotus
  • Model 23C Recreation
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 2,329 Kilometres
  • Engine size 2000
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location International
  • Country South Africa
Bidding history
8 bids from 5 bidders
  • itaque1•••• £13,500 06/06/23
  • miko-la•••• £10,300 05/06/23
  • itaque1•••• £10,000 04/06/23
  • veritat•••• £8,000 02/06/23
  • itaque1•••• £7,200 02/06/23
  • miko-la•••• £5,600 01/06/23
  • ruffef £5,500 01/06/23
  • urs-rup•••• £5,000 01/06/23

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