HMG helps restore Lotus 72

HMG Paints have utilised its Advanced Colour Design Service to assist with the restoration of the 1970 Team Lotus Chassis number 5, which was famously raced by Emerson Fittipaldi.

Clive Chapman, managing director of Classic Team Lotus, ‘Given my father’s constant focus on the future and the team’s perennial battle for more space, it is extraordinary that this car survived for so many years.  I think it is a mark of the sentimental attachment that my father, the driver and the team had for her.  I have really enjoyed the painstaking restoration to date and am keen to show-off the skill of all those involved.’

Every care has been taken to preserve the originality of what is such an important part of Team Lotus history.  The majority of the monocoque is intact and is in the original paint along with some of the original bodywork and the rear wing.  With reference to the original design drawings and with expertise from Team Lotus personnel of the period, the car has been rebuilt to exactly as raced to Grand Prix and World Championship glory.

By courtesy of HMG Paints’ expertise, this has extended to being able to paint the car in the famous black and gold livery with cellulose paint as originally used. Emerson was reunited with his restored World Championship winning car at the Amelia Island Concourse in Florida, the restoration received a firm thumbs-up from Emerson.