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Filed under: Classics, Convertible, Performance
All modern Caterhams are based on the Lotus Seven
- a small, lightweight roadster developed by Colin Chapman
back in 1957. That car has evolved into an entire range of models, spanning from the new, affordable 160
, shown below in the latest video from XCAR
, to the maniacal 620R
Over the years, the Seven has come to be a known quantity among auto enthusiasts. What isn't as well known is the origin of the Seven and the cars that came before it. As XCAR
points out, "What happened to [the Seven's] earlier ancestors? What happened to the Lotus numbered one through six?" The answer probably isn't what you'd expect.
for a great look at unique motorsport that inspired Colin Chapman's earliest efforts in the latest video from XCAR
Continue reading Join XCAR as it explores the history behind the Lotus Seven
Join XCAR as it explores the history behind the Lotus Seven originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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Filed under: Etc., Celebrities, TV/Movies
In 2011 Miami real estate investor Michael Dezer bought dozens of cars used in the James Bond
films from the Bond Museum in Keswick, England. Since then, he's added to the trove which now stands at 59 cars, as well as motorcycles, boats, jetskis, tanks and thousands of photos, posters and memorabilia. It is the largest collection of 007 cars in the world, and Dezer has put it up for sale for 20 million pounds ($33.25M US) - the caveat is that you have to buy the entire collection.
But what a collection it is. Among the six Aston Martins are the DB5 from Goldeneye
, the Vanquish from Die Another Day
and both V8s from The Living Daylights
. There is also the Lotus Esprit
from The Spy Who Loved Me
- not the Esprit submarine
that Elon Musk bought last year
at auction, but the pre-dive roadgoing car. The new owner of the collection will keep things up to date with the Audi A5
and the Land Rover Defender
110 from the opening scene of Skyfall
, and properly varied with the dragon tank from Dr. No
, the Fairey Huntress yacht in From Russia with Love
, and the chopped-in-half Renault
11 from A View to a Kill
An agency in the UK is handling the sale. We will now leave you to handle the money transfer from your people in Liechtenstein.
Miami real estate investor selling world's largest collection of Bond cars originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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Filed under: Performance, Lotus, Motorcycle, Specialty, Design/Style
When we first laid eyes on leaked images of the Lotus Motorcycles C-01
, we wondered if its laid-back, sport cruiser shape was really appropriate for a motorcycle bearing any connection with Colin Chapman and the company's famous "add lightness" mantra. We've now seen official pictures of the bike in multiple color schemes, including classic black and gold, British racing green and even a variant that resembles Martini livery, and while we think it looks pretty cool, our opinion hasn't really changed.
Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that the C-01 isn't an embodiment of the Lotus
ethos, as the company that intends to build it isn't really Lotus at all, its builders - German racing firm Kodewa and tuner Holzer Group - merely having licensed the name of the British sportscar maker. It was designed by Daniel Simon, who once worked for Volkswagen
and consulted for Bugatti
and is the man credited with creating the reborn Tron Light Cycles
. Still, looking past its questionable heritage, the C-01 looks pretty darn awesome, and there are some interesting bits that have us looking forward to the production version that's reportedly due within the next two months.
As expected, power comes in at 200 horsepower, courtesy of a modified version of KTM's 1,195-cc V-twin engine. The chassis is made up of steel, titanium and carbon fiber, with a seat height of about 28 inches. Its wheelbase, at about 65 inches, is a full 10 inches longer than a real street-legal superbike, and its front end is raked way out in front with a 19-inch wheel. Those dimensions mean we shouldn't expect much racetrack prowess, unless its rider is only planning on going in a straight line. Indeed, with a claimed dry weight of under 400 pounds, the Lotus Motorcycles C-01 ought to be mighty quick down the quarter mile.
Check out the image gallery above, and feel free to read the press release and specifications chart below
Continue reading Lotus Motorcycles C-01 now 'ready for the road'
Lotus Motorcycles C-01 now 'ready for the road' originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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