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LOTUS ( UK) 1952- PRESENT
Topic Started: Mar 14 2012, 05:11 PM (2,752 Views)
DaWeber
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Lotus Cars were introduced by their creator Colin Chapman. He produced bothe racecars and street vehicles . His ideas that he introduced originated from an educated engineering background. In addition to the various automobiles he developed. he also contributed his knowhow regarding special parts useage; such as an inovative conceptually designed chassis and transmission along with increasing power of engines for other manufacturers. Many of Chapman's street cars over the years used model names beginning with the letter "E". Some examples are the Elise, Exige, Elan, Elite, Esprit and Europa . This practice still continues at present as a recently designed sports car is called the Evora. Chapman, the founder, died in 1982. General Motors took over control of the company for a few years beginning in 1986. At the same time the Formula 1 Racing enterprize was split off from the manufacturing of sports car street use vehicles. Control of Lotus was surrendered to Bugatti Group in 1993 . After the collapse of Bugatti, ownership was assumed by Proton of Malaysia in 1996. Limited production remains successful to date . Some bodies are even being made to be used on the Tesla Hybrid and the Lotus "Super 7" sports car featuring motorcycle type fenders, continues to be produced as a Caterham by another manufacturer ; also in England .
Many of these models of Lotus cars have been produced by Matchbox in the past few years.
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Dean-o-mite
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SGPD & CHP
1967 Lotus Europa - Matchbox
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1967 Lotus Europa - Sohbi
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1969 Lotus Europa - Matchbox
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1969 Lotus Europa - Kyosho
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1969 Lotus Europa - Tomica
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1969 Lotus Europa - Hongwell
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1970 Lotus Super 7 - Matchbox
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1974 Lotus Elite - Tomica
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1974 Lotus Elite - Playart
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1977 Lotus Esprit - Tomica
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1977 Lotus Esprit - Welly
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1977 Lotus Esprit - Playart
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1977 Lotus Esprit - Summer
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1977 Lotus Esprit - Hot Wheels
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1984 Lotus Esprit Turbo - Kyosho
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1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo - Johnny Lightning
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1988 Lotus Esprit - Sohbi
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1996 Lotus Elise - Matchbox
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1996 Lotus Elise - Kyosho
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1996 Lotus Elise - Hot Wheels (McDonalds)
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1999 Lotus Sport Elise - Hot Wheels
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2000 Lotus Elise 340R - Hot Wheels
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2000 Lotus M250 Concept - Hot Wheels
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2001 Lotus Esprit S4 - Hot Wheels
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2006 Lotus Exige - Matchbox
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2006 Lotus Exige - Kyosho
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2010 Lotus Exige S - Tomica
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2010 Lotus Evora - Matchbox
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diecastdingo
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Corgi Jr

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Welly

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Thin, trendy people are evil.
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Swifty
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We built this city on rock and roll
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Impy Flyers Europa

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Tomica Lotus 78 Ford Formula 1

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Hot Wheels '77 Esprit "Royal Flash"

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Tomica '78 Elite
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Dean-o-mite
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Three more Lotus models I forgot I had

1967 Europa - Zylmex
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1967 Europa - Corgi
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1977 Esprit - Corgi
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Oh how I do love Lotus! I can add a 1978 Lotus 79 F1 car of Ronnie Peterson by Kyosho....

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My copy of the 78 that Swifty already posted...

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And of course we can't forget the MK33 from 1966...

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RACECAR spelled backards is still RACECAR
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A few of the Matchbox Lotus 33...

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