Classic Cars

The History of the Iconic Lotus Seven

"Simplify, then add lightness." Colin Chapman was a damn genius.

Back in 1957, Lotus founder Colin Chapman built a lightweight roadster that would evolve into an icon. Called the Lotus Seven, it was the very definition of Chapman’s "simplify, then add lightness" philosophy. And because it was just so good the first time around, that old school Lotus still lives on to this day. Only, it isn't called a Lotus. Instead- it’s the modern Caterham. If you’re looking for one of the most affordable, enthusiast-only, two-seaters on the market, the Caterham Seven 160 and 165 may be just the tickets.

But today, the crew from XCAR gives us a history lesson on the origins of the Lotus Seven. Another question also gets answered: Whatever happened to Lotus one through six?

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