10 of the Finest Lotus Car Models Ever Built

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As one of the leading British manufacturers of sports and racing cars, Lotus is most famous for its highly-successful Team Lotus Formula One racing team. Headquartered at the former site of RAF Hethel, a World War II airfield in Norfolk, England, Lotus designs and manufactures race and production automobiles that boast precise handling and a lightweight build. The company also owns Lotus Engineering, a consultancy company with locations based in the United States, Malaysia and China. The parent company of Lotus is DRB-HICOM, which acquired the automotive manufacturer in 1996 from Romano Artioli following a crippling bankruptcy.

Since 1952, Lotus has produced some of the fastest and most beautiful cars in the world. There are many fine Lotus car models but these are the 10 best ever built:

Seven Car

Designed by founded Colin Chapman, the Lotus Seven was manufactured from 1957 to 1972. As the company’s breakthrough model, the Seven Car followed a variety of racing, prototype and small-scale production cars before the final launch in 1957. The Seven had a simple and lightweight construction and, due to its high driving appeal, made it an immediate success. In 1973, Caterham Cars, a large-scale Lotus Seven deal in the 1960’s, purchased the rights to manufacture this model and all related Seven product lines. The television show, The Prisoner, from the 1960’s helped further make this model famous as the main character (Patrick McGoohan) is driving the car during the opening title.

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