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|LOTUS ( UK) 1952- PRESENT|
|Topic Started: Mar 14 2012, 05:11 PM (2,519 Views)|
|DaWeber||Mar 14 2012, 05:11 PM Post #1|
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||Mar 17 2012, 02:01 PM Post #2|
SGPD & CHP
1967 Lotus Europa - Matchbox
1967 Lotus Europa - Sohbi
1969 Lotus Europa - Matchbox
1969 Lotus Europa - Kyosho
1969 Lotus Europa - Tomica
1969 Lotus Europa - Hongwell
1970 Lotus Super 7 - Matchbox
1974 Lotus Elite - Tomica
1974 Lotus Elite - Playart
1977 Lotus Esprit - Tomica
1977 Lotus Esprit - Welly
1977 Lotus Esprit - Playart
1977 Lotus Esprit - Summer
1977 Lotus Esprit - Hot Wheels
1984 Lotus Esprit Turbo - Kyosho
1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo - Johnny Lightning
1988 Lotus Esprit - Sohbi
1996 Lotus Elise - Matchbox
1996 Lotus Elise - Kyosho
1996 Lotus Elise - Hot Wheels (McDonalds)
1999 Lotus Sport Elise - Hot Wheels
2000 Lotus Elise 340R - Hot Wheels
2000 Lotus M250 Concept - Hot Wheels
2001 Lotus Esprit S4 - Hot Wheels
2006 Lotus Exige - Matchbox
2006 Lotus Exige - Kyosho
2010 Lotus Exige S - Tomica
2010 Lotus Evora - Matchbox
|diecastdingo||Mar 18 2012, 04:02 AM Post #3|
|Thin, trendy people are evil.|
|Swifty||Mar 18 2012, 06:55 PM Post #4|
We built this city on rock and roll
Impy Flyers Europa
Tomica Lotus 78 Ford Formula 1
Hot Wheels '77 Esprit "Royal Flash"
Tomica '78 Elite
|Dean-o-mite||Apr 1 2012, 07:10 PM Post #5|
SGPD & CHP
Three more Lotus models I forgot I had
1967 Europa - Zylmex
1967 Europa - Corgi
1977 Esprit - Corgi
|69Stang||Apr 22 2012, 10:49 PM Post #6|
Oh how I do love Lotus! I can add a 1978 Lotus 79 F1 car of Ronnie Peterson by Kyosho....
My copy of the 78 that Swifty already posted...
And of course we can't forget the MK33 from 1966...
|RACECAR spelled backards is still RACECAR|
|Hotwheelsbob2000||Oct 31 2012, 08:26 AM Post #7|
A few of the Matchbox Lotus 33...
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