British Cars : Lotus

Lotus make exciting cars; small. light and fast.

Lotus

Lotus

I recently added a Lotus Seven to my collection, this was in some respects the original “track car”, designed to be light, fast and fun. The rights for the Seven were sold to Caterham in the early seventies, who continue to make the car. My 1:43 scale model by DeAgostini is barely larger than the smaller scale Matchbox and Hot Wheels Lotuses in my collection.

Lotus Seven

Lotus Seven

Lotus had much track success; winning 79 Formula One Grand Prix races and winning the constructors’ championship seven times. The Formula One cars included the iconic John Player Special of the seventies that was such a big seller in model form for Corgi (2 million units produced).

Corgi John Player Special

Corgi John Player Special

I don’t collect formula one models, I prefer models of road cars.

Lotus Elise: Hot Wheels and Matchbox

Lotus Elise: Hot Wheels and Matchbox

My first Matchbox Lotus was a Europa that was one of the first Superfast models, now I only have a picture of that model from the 1970 Matchbox Superfast Catalogue.

Lotus Europa in 197 Matchbox Catalogue

Lotus Europa in 197 Matchbox Catalogue

It seems strange Matchbox fitted the model with a towing hook, the real car was so light it would have only been able to tow the lightest of trailers. The later Matchbox model of a Europa has no tow hook.

At a larger 1:32 scale I have two Kinsmart Exige models, which look ready to race, the Exige S sports the number 3 and the Exige R-GT is in full racing livery.

Kinsmart Lotus Exige

Kinsmart Lotus Exige

Update: January 2017

Since writing the original post I’ve added three Hot Wheels Lotus Esprit S1s, the white one (carded) represents Bond’s Lotus from The Spy Who Loved Me and a Mebetoys Lotus Europa, which bizarrely has the bonnet hatch opening the wrong way. The Lotus Seven, unfortunately lost its windscreen when we moved.

lotus-jan-2017-2

Some Matchbox and Hot Wheels Lotus Cars are shown at the end of a Racegrooves unboxing video: Racegrooves Unboxing Video from 13:07 to the end of the clip.

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