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The Historic Lotus Register keeps records of most Lotus cars other than the "production" road cars which usually have their own supporters' club. Links to those clubs are included below.

HLR Car records are held by the Registrars who specialize in their model (or models) of Lotus, and should be consulted before purchase or restoration. In the table below, click on the small photograph to the left to be transferred to the page of the specialist Registrar.  The specialist clubs may keep similar records, so it is well worth asking them.

Owners of ALL Lotus cars, irrespective of model, are most welcome to join the HLR, as are those without a Lotus who are interested in the cars, the company, and the history behind them.

See the Membership page to join. And here is a page for Lotus History.

Note: After the Lotus Mk X the cars had "Type" numbers in Arabic numerals and were referred to by their number only, usually written out in full e.g. "Eleven", but by the time the number reached twenty the Type numbers reverted to numerals only.  The quantities shown are approximate on the early cars as records were not always too good!

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Mark/Type

No. built

Description
Lotus-1
  Mark I

1

1947 Colin Chapman's first Austin Seven Special.
Lotus-2
  Mark II

1

1949 1172cc side valve Ford engine.  For trials.
Lotus-Mk-3   Mark III

2

1951-52 and a chassis frame.  For Club sports car racing to the 750 and 1172 Formula.
Lotus-Mk4   Mark IV

1

1952 built for Mike Lawson for mudplugging trials. 1172cc Ford.
    Mark V

0

Was to have been the 100 mph 750 Formula car. Never built.
Lotus-6   Mark VI

110

1952-55 Production Sports Car and for Club racing mainly in the 1172 Formula, but larger engines were fitted as well.
Mk7-Clairmonte   Mark VII

1

1952 Originally a Formula 2 car for Clive Clairmonte. Renamed as the Clairmonte Special (and no longer called a Lotus) before it was finished.
Lotus-8   Mark VIII

7

1954-55 International Sports car racing.  Usually with 1500cc MG engine.
Lotus-9
  Mark IX

30

1955 Club and International sports car racing with 1100cc Climax engine, and 1172 Ford for Club racing. First Lotus to race at Le Mans in 1955.
Lotus-10
  Mark X

6

1955 Club and International Sports car racing, normally with 1971cc Bristol engine.
Lotus-11-S1   Eleven S1

150

1956-57 Club and International Sports car racing with 1100cc and 1500cc Climax engine, and 1172cc Ford for Club racing. Class win at LeMans in 1956 and Sebring in 1957.
Lotus-12
  Twelve

12

1957-58 Formula 2 and Formula 1. 1500 and 2 litre Twin-Cam Climax engine.
Lotus-11-S2
  Eleven S2

120

1957-58 An updated Eleven with improved chassis and front suspension. Won Index of Performance and Class at Le Mans in 1957.  Fitted with 750cc, 1100cc and 1500cc Climax engine and others.
Lotus-Seven-S1   Seven S1

243

Series One 1957 to 1960. Production Sports car, usually with Ford 100E side valve 1172cc. engine.
Lotus-7-2
  Seven S2

1310

Series Two 1960 to 1968Either Ford sidevalve or ohv, or BMC A-Series.
Lotus-7-3
  Seven S3

340

Series Three 1968 to 1970.  Either Ford 225E, Ford-Holbay crossflow, or Lotus twin-cam.
Lotus-7-4
 

Seven S4
Type 60

650

Series Four 1970 to 1973 - approximately 650 made with Ford Cortina 1300 or 1600, and Lotus twin-cam.
The Seven design was then sold to Caterham Cars who soon abandoned the S4 version and continued to make the Series 3 and developments of it, which they are still doing to this day.
 Lotus-14   14 Elite 1050

1957-63. Production sports car. "A race car for the road." The first 255 were series 1 and the rest series 2. Most were powered by Coventry Climax FWE 1216cc engines, a few by 1460cc FWB. Successful in GT racing including six consecutive class wins at Le Mans.

Click HERE for the Elite World Register website.

Lotus-15
  Fifteen

27

1958-60. International Sports Car racing with 1500 and 2 litre Climax FPF engine.
Lotus-16
  Sixteen

8

1958-59 Formula 2 and Formula 1 with Climax FPF engine.
Lotus-17
  Seventeen

23

1959 Sports Car racing with 750 and 1100 Climax engine.
Lotus-18FJ
 
Eighteen FJ
120+ 1960-61 Formula Junior with 1000cc Ford 105 ohv engine.
Lotus-18
 
Eighteen F1 & F2
29
Formula 2 and Formula 1 with Climax FPF engine. First Lotus to win a Grand Prix in 1960.
Lotus-19
  Nineteen

17

1960-62 The sports-racing version of the Lotus 18.  Climax FPF engine and others.
Lotus-20
  20

118

1961 Formula Junior 997cc and 1098 cc Ford engine.
Lotus-21
 
21 (and 18/21)

11

1961 Formula 1 1500 cc Climax FPF engine.
Lotus-22
  22

77

1962 Formula Junior 1097cc Cosworth-Ford engine
Lotus-23
  23

131

1962-64. Small capacity rear-engined sports racing car. 1097cc Cosworth-Ford.    
    24

15

1962 Formula 1 1500cc Climax FWMV.  Not yet covered by the HLR.
 Lotus-25   25

7

1962-63 Formula 1.  The first "monocoque" Lotus. Winning car of the 1963 World Championship.

    26 2053

1962-64 Elan S1 & S2 Not covered by the HLR.

See Club Lotus website here

Lotus-26R   26R 97 1964 Competition Elan.   Lotus Ford Twincam 1558cc.
Lotus-27
  27
35
1963 Formula Junior 1100cc Ford Cosworth 109E
 Lotus-28   28
Lotus Cortina
2894

1962 Not covered by the HLR

See Lotus Cortina Register website here

Lotus-30
  30
33
1964-5 Group 7 Sports racer  4227cc Ford 289 Fairlane V8
Lotus-31
  31

31

1964-65 Formula 3  997cc Cosworth-Ford engine.
Lotus 35
  35

22

1965 Formula 2 & 3   Cosworth-Ford 1-litre engines.
Lotus-40
  40
3
 1965 Group 7 Sports Racer 5295cc or 5754cc Ford V8
Lotus-41
  41

61

1966-68 Formula 3  997cc Cosworth-Ford.  Formula 2 Cosworth FVA, and the US Formula B with 1600cc Twin Cam Lotus head.
Type -46
  46

644

1966-68 Europa S-1 mid-engined, production sports car. Renault 1470cc engine. Not covered by the HLR.
See Club Lotus website here
Lotus-47
  47
71
1966-68 Racing version of the Europa. Cosworth Ford twin-cam dohc.
Lotus-51
  51

200

1967-68 Formula Ford 1500cc (later 1599cc) Ford Cortina push rod engine.
Lotus-59
  59F
44
1969 Formula 2, F3 and Formula Ford.  At present only the Formula Ford 59F is covered by HLR.
Lotus-61
  61

248

1969-71 Formula Ford 1599cc Lotus Holbay LH105 Ford push rod engine.
Lotus-69
  69F
55
1971 Formula Ford. 1599cc Lotus Holbay LH105 Ford push rod engine.  At present only the Formula Ford 69F is covered by HLR.

Other Lotus models may be added in the future

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