The Elite was Lotus’ first attempt at a mainstream four-seat road car, succeeding the Elan Plus 2, but using much of that car’s underpinnings. Lotus touted the controversial design to be “The Shape of Things to Come.”
Lotus Cars, founded by the late Colin Chapman, was a racing car manufacturer that also built road cars, such as the Elan and Elite. Chapman was the engineer, and a group of committed staff made his ideas come to life.
The Lotus Super 7 was the brainwork of famous race car designer Colin Chapman, who loved the phrase “less is more.” The Super 7 was a simple, fast, minimalist sports car. Production started in 1957, and continued until 1972 under the Lotus name.
The Louvet is a three-passenger, one-door, dual-pedaled, 2 x 5-speed car—meaning both driver and front passenger have their own pedal cranks that operate on separate 5-speed selectors. It was discovered in a remarkable set of French photographs from 1935.
The Luaz (“Lutskiy Automobilny Zavod”) was founded in 1967 in Ukraine. It is an automotive factory with the specific task of producing small-displacement jeeps. The main model produced by Luaz was the “969-m.”
In 1926 brothers Otto and Wilhelm Maisch formed Maisch & Co. to produce small 2-stroke engines of JLO design, plus bicycles and parts. In 1932, the brothers began producing scooters and motorcycles under the Maico name.
Ten years prior to the launch of Renault’s Espace people carrier, microcar company Marden debuted their Espace in 1975. By 1979, Marden had dropped the Espace nameplate, now simply known as the 49 or 125 (depending on which engine you chose).