Lotus 12 is the first Colin Chapman’s single seater. The distinctive feature of the car was low-line body based on steel spaceframe which placed the driver as low as possible. The car was powered by Coventry-Climax straight-4 1.5-litre engine. Lotus works drivers in 1958, British Cliff Allison and Graham Hill were both F1 newcomers, so the 1958 Monaco GP was the debut race for the team, car and its drivers. Allison drove the new Type 12 to 6th place while Hill retired due to suspension failure. Later that season Allison came in fourth with his Lotus in the 1958 Grand Prix of Europe at Spa-Francorchamps, more than four minutes behind victor Tony Brooks. It was the only point finish for Lotus 12.
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