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Founded in a North London lock-up garage by Colin Chapman in 1957 Lotus Cars has enjoyed mixed fortunes throughout its history, similar in many ways to other British manufacturers such as Aston Martin. Initially the company produced simple, lightweight (often made from GRP) road and race cars that were often supplied in Kit-form for home assembly.

By the 60's the Lotus range had begun to mature into serious production sportscars and included models such as the Elite, Elan and Europa, along with the evergreen Seven. By the 70's Lotus had established moved into more luxurious GT models such as the Elite and Eclat. These two 2+2 models were sold alongside the Esprit models which survive in the current range.

Models produced by Lotus

100T

100T

1988-1988

101

101

1989-1989

102

102

1990-1990

102(B)

102(B)

1991-1991

102(C)

102(C)

1991-1991

102(D)

102(D)

1991-1991

107

107

1992-1992

108 (Bicycle)

108 (Bicycle)

1992-1992

109

109

1994-1994

11

11

1956-1960

112

112

1995-1995

115

115

1997-1997

15

15

1958-1958

16

16

1958-1959

17

17

1959-1959

18

18

1960-1961

19

19

1960-1962

20

20

1961-1961

20B

20B

1961-1961

21

21

1961-1961

22

22

1962-1965

23

23

1962-1962

23B

23B

1963-1966

24

24

1962-1962

25

25

1962-1963

25B

25B

1964-1964

26R

26R

1964-1966

27

27

1963-1963

29

29

1963-1963

30

30

1964-1964

31

31

1964-1966

32

32

1964-1964

32B

32B

1965-1965

33

33

1964-1965

34

34

1964-1964

35

35

1965-1965

38

38

1965-1965

39

39

1965-1966

40

40

1965-1965

41

41

1965-1967

41B

41B

1967-1967

41C

41C

1967-1968

41X

41X

1967-1968

42F

42F

1967-1967

43

43

1966-1966

44

44

1967-1967

47

47

1967-1967

47d

47d

1969-1969

48

48

1967-1967

49

49

1967-1967

49B

49B

1968-1968

49C

49C

1969-1969

49T

49T

1967-1968

51

51

1967-1967

51A

51A

1968-1968

51B

51B

1969-1969

56

56

1968-1968

56B

56B

1971-1971

57

57

1968-1968

58

58

1968-1968

59

59

1969-1969

6

6

1953-1956

61

61

1969-1969

61M

61M

1969-1969

62

62

1969-1969

63

63

1969-1969

64

64

1969-1969

65

65

1970-1970

67

67

1970-1970

68

68

1969-1969

69

69

1970-1970

7 S1

7 S1

1957-1960

7 S2

7 S2

1960-1968

7 S3

7 S3

1968-1970

7 S4

7 S4

1970-1973

70

70

1970-1970

72

72

1970-1970

73

73

1973-1973

74

74

1973-1973

76 (Team-Lotus)

76 (Team-Lotus)

1974-1974

77

77

1976-1976

78

78

1977-1977

79 (Team-Lotus)

79 (Team-Lotus)

1978-1979

80

80

1979-1979

81 (Team-Lotus)

81 (Team-Lotus)

1980-1981

81B

81B

1980-1980

86

86

1980-1980

87

87

1980-1980

87B

87B

1982-1982

88

88

1981-1981

88(B)

88(B)

1981-1981

90

90

1981-1983

91

91

1982-1982

92

92

1983-1983

94T

94T

1983-1983

95T

95T

1984-1984

96

96

1984-1984

97T

97T

1985-1985

98T

98T

1986-1986

99T

99T

1987-1987

Biturbo

Biturbo

1981-0

Eclat S1

Eclat S1

1975-1985

Eight (Mk8)

Eight (Mk8)

1954-1954

Elan

Elan

1989-1992

Elan +2

Elan +2

1967-1969

Elan +2S

Elan +2S

1968-1971

Elan +2S 130/4

Elan +2S 130/4

1971-1974

Elan +2S 130/5

Elan +2S 130/5

1972-1974

Elan S1

Elan S1

1962-1964

Elan S2

Elan S2

1964-1965

Elan S3

Elan S3

1965-1968

Elan S4

Elan S4

1968-1971

Elan Sprint

Elan Sprint

1971-1973

Eleven

Eleven

1956-1956

Elise

Elise

2004-2004

Elise (112)

Elise (112)

1995-0

Elite

Elite

1974-1983

Elite S1

Elite S1

1957-1960

Elite S1

Elite S1

1974-1980

Elite S2

Elite S2

1960-1963

Esprit I

Esprit I

1976-1977

Esprit II

Esprit II

1978-1981

Esprit S1

Esprit S1

1975-1978

Esprit S2

Esprit S2

1976-1981

Esprit S3

Esprit S3

1981-1987

Esprit SE

Esprit SE

1987-1990

Esprit Turbo

Esprit Turbo

1980-1987

Esprit Turbo

Esprit Turbo

1987-1992

Europa S1

Europa S1

1966-1969

Europa S2

Europa S2

1968-1971

Europa Special

Europa Special

1972-1975

Europa Twin Cam

Europa Twin Cam

1971-1975

Excel

Excel

1985-1992

Mk I

Mk I

1948-1948

Mk II

Mk II

1949-1950

Mk III

Mk III

1951-1951

Mk IV

Mk IV

1952-1952

Mk V

Mk V

1952-1952

Nine (Mk9)

Nine (Mk9)

1955-1955

Super 7

Super 7

1961-1961

Ten (Mk10)

Ten (Mk10)

1955-1955

Twelve

Twelve

1956-1957