Ant Anstead reveals the stunning Lotus Type 62-2 coachbuilt by Radford at Goodwood Revival.
Former Wheeler Dealers mechanic Ant Anstead introduced the latest creation from Radford, his venture with F1 champion Jenson Button, the Lotus Type 62-2 – which has the iconic and distinctive John Player Special (JPS) livery and specification.
The Lotus Type 62-2 coachbuilt by Radford (The Type 62-2), is limited to 62 examples worldwide, with each model built to the owner’s desired specification. Of those 62 cars, only 12 will be JPS liveried cars. The number 12 was selected as it is synonymous with legendary racing driver Ayrton Senna whose JPS liveried cars always wore the number 12 on their coachwork. Radford is currently taking build slot applications for this ultra-exclusive model.
Ant Anstead said: “We couldn’t have anticipated quite how strong the demand for the Type 62-2 was going to be. Prospective owners of these cars will be getting a truly special car – no two will be the same, which is really the true meaning of coachbuilding – it’s why we’re here. We’re still taking deposits and will be starting the process of carefully selecting Type 62-2 owners, later in the year.”
The JPS car is the most extreme version of the world’s first modern Radford – and the third and final version of the car to be announced. It sits alongside the ‘Classic’ version, which provides subtle design cues to the original Type 62 Lotus car which does not have rear ducktails, and a ‘Gold Leaf’ version, which pays homage to the race car’s iconic Gold Leaf livery.
The JPS Type 62-2 was joined on the Radford stage by three other special Radford coachbuilt cars including a 1965 Mini de Ville “S”, formerly owned by Sir Paul McCartney, a 1966 Mini Cooper S, formerly owned by Ringo Starr and a 1966 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Shooting Brake,
The car displayed at Revival showcases more visual drama with a more pronounced splitter, larger air intakes and more aggressive front and rear diffusers than any of the other Type 62-2 variants. Powering this particular JPS Type 62-2 is a 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine option, producing 600bhp, which features upgraded pistons, con-rods, camshafts, calibration and a larger supercharger.
Radford is inspired by the legendary British coachbuilding company of the same name, which once built cars for a celebrity clientele that included all four of The Beatles. The global company with British heart and soul is co-owned by leading designer Mark Stubbs, broadcaster and motoring specialist Ant Anstead, former FIA Formula OneTM World Champion, Jenson Button and acclaimed business adviser and lawyer Roger Behle.
Production of the Radford Type 62-2 begins in late 2021, with first deliveries being made in 2022.
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