If you’re a Lotus fan, this year’s London Concours is sure to tickle your fancy with models from the early open-top Lotus Seven, through the Lotus Eleven Le Mans racer, modern Exige, and Evora models all being showcased at the Honourable Artillery Company HQ from 8-10 June…
The second of the ‘Great Marques’ class will join the impressive ‘Italian Berlinettas, ‘Lost Marques’ and ‘Iconic British Designs’ and is set to include a historic display from 1948-2021 of the Lotus marque through 11 of the rarest Lotus cars ever made.
Among them, the display will feature iconic models such as the Elan, Europa, Esprit, Elite, Elise, Exige, and Evora. The display will feature an early Lotus Seven – one of the most widely known lightweight sports cars ever built – and precursor to the Caterham Sevens which are still built today.
Joining the Seven will be a stunning lightweight Lotus Eleven. This car is Lotus Eleven Chassis 212, adorned with the famous ‘9 EHX’ number plate. The car was built in 1956 and is a rare wide chassis and wide body car. The car is one of the original Lotus factory team cars that were driven in the 1956 LeMans race by the founder of Lotus, Colin Chapman, and Herbert Fraser.
Alongside the Eleven will be a fine example of 1960s elegance, an ultra-lightweight two-seater coupé, the Elite or ‘Type 14’ was produced from 1958 to 1963. The car’s most distinctive feature was its fibreglass monocoque construction, which was used for the entire load-bearing structure of the car save a steel sub-frame that supports the engine and front suspension. Only 1,030 Elites were built.
Sitting beside the beautiful Elite will be a 1972 Lotus Elan Sprint Drophead Elan. The Sprint was the final version of the original Lotus Elan, a lightweight rear-wheel-drive two-seater sports car. The ‘Sprint’ Elan was produced between 1971 and 1973, and featured a more powerful twin-cam engine, developing 135bhp. Sprint Produced in very limited numbers, the Sprint will feature alongside the Elite in the ‘Great Marques – Lotus’ display.
And no Lotus display would be complete without the legendary icon, the Lotus Esprit. The car at London Concours is a Series 3 – and it completely embodies the 80s era. An unmistakeable boxy design that was among the first of designer Giorgetto Giugiaro’s polygonal ‘folded paper’ designs. The S3 was powered by a 2.2-litre L Type 912 engine, but still kept close the haloed curb weight of 1,000kg meaning it provided the quintessential Lotus driving experience.
Andrew Evans, London Concours Director, said:
“Lotus is a brand intrinsically linked with lightness, that has always sought to make the world’s best driver’s cars. It began with Colin Chapman’s immortal words ‘Simplify, then add lightness’ and the brand has stayed true to that moniker throughout its seven decades in the industry.
“Lotus has created some of the most significant and collectable cars in the world, and without question some of the world’s greatest driver’s cars. We’re honoured to welcome an all-encompassing selection of this Great British brand’s most revered cars to the manicured lawns of the Honourable Artillery Club this summer.”
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