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Early Lotus' - Do any survive?


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#1 ianm1808

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Posted 10 February 2003 - 11:49

I'm currently rereading Crombac's Chapman biography and was wondering what has happened to the Mk1 , Mk2 and Mk3 Lotus'? I remember reading in Classic Cars from about 89 that the Mk2 had been found and was going to undergo a restoration. What has happened to it?

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#2 Vitesse2

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Posted 10 February 2003 - 13:34

http://www.race-cars...lity/lotusr.htm

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Posted 10 February 2003 - 14:19

There was a very early car on the Lotus stand at the Classic Car Show at the NEC Birmingham late last year. I don't recall for certain but I think it was the Mark 2. It was in very good show condition - very highly polished - so maybe it was the car that has been restored?

#4 David Beard

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Posted 10 February 2003 - 20:17

Originally posted by BRG
There was a very early car on the Lotus stand at the Classic Car Show at the NEC Birmingham late last year. I don't recall for certain but I think it was the Mark 2. It was in very good show condition - very highly polished - so maybe it was the car that has been restored?


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#5 Vitesse2

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Posted 10 February 2003 - 22:05

My set of Story of Lotus is still AWOL, but IIRC the goggle-eyed car is the Mk 2. The red one must be a Mk 1 replica - is the bottom one the Mk 4?

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Posted 11 February 2003 - 10:18

The red one I'm certain is the Mk2 as I remember a story in Classic Cars about the car being repainted for it's appearance in a 1950's film.

The top one is the Mk3, isn't the bottom one the Six?

#7 BRG

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Posted 11 February 2003 - 11:46

It was the car in the bottom picture that was at the NEC show - so is that the Mark 4? It definitely wasn't a Mark 6.

#8 Geoff E

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Posted 11 February 2003 - 12:12

The red one is the Lotus 2, I saw it a couple of years ago at the Castle Combe 50 Celebration meeting, although it was still in primer at that time. It has Ford wheels which go with the Ford engine.

#9 David Beard

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Posted 11 February 2003 - 12:35

My reliable source tells me.....


The red one reg LJH 702 is the Mark 2 Lotus the oldest surviving
car.

LMU3 is one of the two Mark3 Lotus, both of these survive, the
other is reg ONK 408 and is in the USA. A third Mark 3 chassis was
completed but not turned into a car.

The silver LMU4 is the Mark 4
Lotus, only one of these was made.


The Mark 2 and Mark 4 were both found together in the same chicken
shed about ten years ago.

The Mark 1 Lotus has been searched for for many years but it has
been concluded that it is gone for ever.

#10 Mark A

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Posted 11 February 2003 - 12:59

Just had a look in the Lotus book and everything David has said ties in. He obviously has a very reliable source ;)

#11 RTH

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Posted 11 February 2003 - 13:18

The original Mk 1 was destroyed , and the "Mk 1 " seen at shows is a recent replica, the red car the Mk 2 is owned by Nigel Halliday and undergoing restoration Mk 3 & 4 often seen at shows.