Beau-Ideal Ltd. was incorporated and registered in England as a limited company in 1996. The company was founded by former Grand Prix car designer Chris Murphy following the closure of Team Lotus, where Chris was employed as chief designer and chief engineer, responsible for the Lotus Grand Prix cars driven by Mikka Hakkinen, Johnny Herbert and Allesandro Zanardi.

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Beau-Ideal Ltd. is in two parts. There is a race engineering and design consultancy and the classic car collection. The classic car project was set up as a means of utilizing some of Chris' extensive personal collection of classic and historic competition cars, that has been built up over the long period that Chris has been gainfully employed designing and engineering racing cars.

As seen in Clasic Car


Beau-Ideal classics has featured in several newspaper, magazine and national TV features, notably The Times, Mail on Sunday, Classic Cars, EVO, Auto Bild, ITV's Wish you were here and the BBC holiday programme.

Chris Murphy can be seen out and about at historic festivals and events, using the competition cars from the collection for the purpose for which they were intended, e.g. Historic race festivals, BRDC 50's sports car races, Historic Formula junior races and Classic rallies.


Lotus 18 in the race paddock

DB Mk III at the Ennstal Classic

Road car collection



Norfolk · United Kingdom
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