Lot 156

London 2023

1968 Mexican Grand Prix 1st-Place Trophy

Offered from The Graham Hill Collection


£6,000 GBP | Sold

United Kingdom | London, United Kingdom



  • The race victory that captured Hill’s second Drivers’ World Championship and Lotus’ third Constructors’ World Championship
  • Won driving Lotus’ legendary 49, adorned in iconic Gold Leaf colours
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Mexico’s profile was at an all-time high in 1968 having hosted the Olympic Games with the Grand Prix being pushed back a week to avoid clashing. The 1968 Mexican Grand Prix was set to the be the final showdown between Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart and Denny Hulme. Hulme was the defending World Champion and Stewart was very much in the ascendency chasing his first Championship win. Hill went into the round with three points in hand over Stewart but he had to keep the young Scot in sight if he wanted to guarantee the Championship.

Hill qualified 3rd behind Siffert and Amon so he was in a strong position. Hill led the early part of the race before a battle royale ensued between him and Stewart. Hulme retired with mechanical failure and it looked like the fight would continue to the line until Stewart’s Matra developed fuel problems. Hill cruised to victory, over a minute ahead of Bruce McLaren.

The championship win marked the end of a bittersweet season for Hill and Lotus, having lost their great friend and colleague, Jim Clark, earlier in the season. Despite the adversity, Hill led the team superbly.

This hugely significant trophy represents a key moment in Hill’s career and Lotus history.