The Lotus Book S1


From the Mark I trials car, through some of the most innovative, controversial and technically advanced competition cars the world has seen, to the very latest road going supercars such as the Type 115, they are all here with quality colour photography recording each and every Lotus design built from 1948 to 1998. A superlative 256 page 30 x 30cm case bound book, that no Lotus aficionado should be without. THE LOTUS BOOK is the first to show the entire Lotus opus in this way, combining as it does unique new material with archive photographs, period brochures and contemporary advertisements, accurate technical data and concise histories of the development and achievements of each car. Recording for posterity his famous father’s valuable contribution to our age, it is says Clive Chapman in his postscript to the book, “a worthy testament to the talents of Colin Chapman and all who played a part in the great Lotus adventure”.

  • ISBN978-1-902351-00-1
  • Size12x12in (30x30cm)
  • US Price$69.95 + $7.95 p&p;
  • UK Price£39.95 + £6.95 p&p;
  • EU Price£39.95 + £19.95 p&p;


What The Press Say

The genius behind Colin Chapman's legendary Lotus cars is presented for the first time in its entirety in this imposing volume. This book has officially been sanctioned by Chapman's family to commemorate the marque's 50th anniversary this year. Driven by his passion for the cars, professional photographer and Lotus owner William Taylor set himself the task of chronicling every model, from the Spartan Austin Seven-derived MkI, to the 1997 Type 115 Elise-based GT1 racer. That tough assignment became a four-year labour of love. Taylor scoured the world to track down and commit the more obscure cars to film. Eventually, he completed the set, his wonderfully-lit images forming the backbone of a fascinating work. The stories - told warts and all (not all Lotuses earned rave reviews from the likes of Jim Clark) - provide entertaining insights into the cars and the characters behind them. For the technically minded there are some excellent reference sections. The book is peppered with archive material and beautifully laid out, so much so that I couldn't put it down. That the book was co-funded and published by it's debutant author consolidates a wonderful achievement. Buy one to use, and another to display. AUTOSPORT – September 1998