Chris Lawrence was renowned for building Fomula Junior’s chassis since 1959, for his victory at the Freddy Dixon’s Trophy driving his Morgan, and for his special preparations of Triumph’s engines, which once set in the Morgan +4 Factory TOK 258, allows him to win the 2 liters class at Le Mans in 1962, performing 13th place at the Scratch.
He then decided to create his own car, called Deep Sanderson, brand name inspired by a fashionable jazz band called Heep Sanderson, combined with his uncle’s name Tony Sanderson, who supported the project.
He introduced his little coupé DS 301 at the Olympia’s car show in January 1962. During the show, Mike Costin and Colin Chapman visit his stand and have long discussions with him about the technical solutions chosen by Chris Lawrence to build his coupé. The style inspired the future Lotus Europe and Jaguar E Type.
Chris Lawrence’s coupé DS 301 raced at Le Mans in 1963 in the 1000cc class. He ordered a special engine to Downtown Engineering Works, set at the back of the car with chassis n°3 (1003), plate number 2 ARX.
Chris Lawrence drove the car himself, assisted by Chris Spender. Performances were fantastic, with a maximum speed timed at 152,6 MPH (245 km/h).Leading the 1000cc class, he is disqualified during the 20th hour of the race, for having not crossed enough distance at midnight. During the 1962 season, the n°3 coupé raced the Nurburgring’s 1000 km, then the Trophée d’Auvergne and Brands Hatch.
Deep Sanderson returns back to Le Mans in 1964 with 2 coupés DS 301 in the 1300 cc class, but he failed during the test runs. Lawrence will also be back in 1968 with a DS 302, powered by a Ford Cortina’s 1500 cc engine.
The car was sold during the sixties to a French, Mr Muratore, who raced with it until the early 80’s. The car was abandoned until David Ramsbotham who has completely restored it with the assistance of Chris Lawrence himself bought it. The restoration ended in 2009 and the car was back to the Fordwater’s trophy at Goodwood , with Richad Meins, and at The Grand Prix Historique de Pau in 2011.
This car is now offered for sale with a huge amount of documentation and an origin certificate signed by Chris Lawrence (who passed away in August 2011).It owns a Historical Technical Passport (MSA/FIA) and an engine power analysis dating September 2016. It is ready to race again!