Lotus’ First F1 Race Car Heads to Auction
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by Motor Authority
3w ago
The first Lotus Formula 1 car will be among the featured lots at a Bonhams auction scheduled for May 10 in Monaco. The original Team Lotus dissolved in the early 1990s (other unrelated teams subsequently used the Lotus name), but it was once an F1 powerhouse, winning seven Constructors’ and six Drivers’ Championships with innovative cars designed under the supervision of legendary Lotus founder Colin Chapman. This car—chassis number 353—is the one that started it all. A Lotus 12, it was raced by Team Lotus eight times between 1957 and 1959 in both F1 and F2, as the rules of the ..read more
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Car Puzzle: How Are These Cars Connected?
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by Diego Rosenberg
6M ago
Look at these cars. All of them are feature vehicles on AutoHunter or ClassicCars.com. There is something that ties them all together? Can you put your finger on it? Hint: It’s not the color. Answer in the comments section below. And, while you’re at it, can you identify what each car is and the year? Remember, you can click on each vehicle image to discover the answer to the latter, but it won’t give you any hint on what ties all these vehicles together. Click on each image to reveal each car. If you’re inclined for more ClassicCars.com Journal amusement, it can be found HERE. And, if you’r ..read more
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Influential Automobiles: Drive the Bid Podcast
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by Diego Rosenberg
9M ago
Some cars just have that certain something that sets the tone for the future. Maybe it’s styling, or the headlight design, or which wheels drive the vehicle. I think the Citroen DS is a great example of this, but so is the 1983 Audi 100. Yet neither of those two cars were discussed by “Jalopy Jeff” Sutton, Derek Sheikhi, and I in the below episode of the Drive the Bid podcast from AutoHunter.com. In fact, when we planned the topic, we allowed a wide berth on what “influential” really means, which is the beauty of how we arrived at the cars we chose. Other discussions include news on the just ..read more
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Goodwood Festival of Speed Celebrates 30 Years
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by Diego Rosenberg
11M ago
The world-famous Goodwood Festival of Speed is coming up in July, and the 30th incarnation of this British event is slated to feature history, new introductions, celebrations, concours, and even a nod to the future of transportation. Yet though it’s worth celebrating 30 years of the Festival of Speed, the theme of the 2023 event is Goodwood 75, as it’s the 75th anniversary since Goodwood Motor Circuit first opened its doors. The Supercar and First Glance Paddock will offer glimpses of “some of the most innovative and anticipated vehicles from across the automotive industry” with over 100 worl ..read more
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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1960 Lotus 18 Formula Junior
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by Diego Rosenberg
1y ago
Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, is this restored 1960 Lotus 18 Formula Junior, an open-wheel race car that has competed on tracks across North America. Power is provided by a rebuilt Cosworth-Ford 105E 1100cc four-cylinder paired with a rebuilt six-speed manual transaxle. Features include wraparound windshield, wobbly-web wheels, safety harness. Finished in two-tone green and yellow, this Lotus is offered with documentation, dyno sheet, spare parts, the original Renault gearbox, receipts and bill of sale. The fiberglass body was re ..read more
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Pick of the Day: 2005 Lotus Elise
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by Diego Rosenberg
1y ago
If I’m correct, the average American male is 5’9”, the average woman being  5’4”. If you’re taller than the former or simply overweight, it’s possible you may not  fit in a Lotus Elise. The company has had its ups and downs but, during those moments, no one could ever accuse Lotus of following the herd. While the Millennium found Lotus working with other manufacturers in order to survive, its incarnation would have founder Colin Chapman saluting the Elise if he were alive. For that reason, the Pick of the Day is 2005 Lotus Elise listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Tempe ..read more
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Emma Peel’s 1966 Lotus Elan for sale
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by David P. Castro
1y ago
Emma Peel was the best part of “The Avengers” and I am not referring to the Marvel Universe but rather the British TV series. Diana Rigg was perfectly cast for Emma Peel and, starting in Series 5, she rolled in an early production 1966 Lotus Elan S3 Drophead Coupé (registration number SJH 499D). For classic TV fans and automotive enthusiasts alike, its available for sale by Silverstone Auctions at its Race Retro Classic and Competition Car Sale 2023. Emma Peel and her Lotus Elan (Image courtesy of ABC Television) “The car is often described as an S3-SE but is, in fact, a high-spec standard pre ..read more
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Pick of the Day: 1977 Lotus Eclat
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by David P. Castro
1y ago
I dream of driving the Cannonball Run. I blame my desire to participate in this highly illegal road race on repeated viewing of the Burt Reynold’s movie, The Cannonball Run, as it seemed to be on perpetual repeat on HBO when I was a kid. Bucket-list items based on movies starring Dom DeLuise and Roger Moore seem like a poor choice, but my life is littered with interesting decisions that might not benefit me or anyone. Smoking is one of those decisions; so is rooting for the Arizona Cardinals. 1977 Lotus Eclat However, if I did participate in one, my driving style would not set any unofficial r ..read more
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Lotus Eletre Is the World’s First Hyper-SUV
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by Diego Rosenberg
1y ago
In more news about how the world is ending, Lotus — yes, the lightweight sports car company — has unveiled an SUV called the Eletre. Billed as both the first hypercar-SUV and an all-electric lifestyle vehicle, the Eletre will be available in three trim levels (Eletre, Eletre S and Eletre R) with two EV powertrains (450 kW/603 horsepower or 675 kW/905 horses). In addition, the Eletre will feature Lotus Hyper OS, a new operating system for both driver and passengers. In other words, Lotus has put the Italians and Germans and anyone else on notice: the Eletre R is the word’s fastest dual-motor pu ..read more
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Special Lotus A Nod to Fittipaldi
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by Diego Rosenberg
1y ago
Do you know what is the world’s most powerful production car? It’s a Lotus … what? Indeed, that little company that has struggled since the Esprit was rendered obsolete produces the Evija, an all-electric hypercar with almost 2,000 horsepower. If that’s not enough of a selling point, then perhaps you should consider the Evija Fittipaldi for true limited-edition distinction. Truth be told, the Evija has been planned to be limited to 130 units, but people of distinction demand more, and Lotus has delivered the goods with a special model to commemorate 50 years since Emerson Fittipaldi helped Tea ..read more
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