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Near Perfect—The 1966 Lotus 23C

2010 Lotus Evora Media Event, San Diego, California, May 11-13, 2010 Richard Prince-rprincephoto.comLotus founder Colin Chapman was undoubtedly gifted at what he did, admittedly some of his cars were better than others but in general, when Lotus built a racing car it was a good one.

The Type 23 design was, in hindsight, one of the really good ones.  Introduced at the UK racing car show in January 1962, the 23-sports racing car was based on a widened version of their existing Lotus Formula Junior chassis. These first 23s were fitted with a 4-speed transaxle and available with various engine options, including from under 1.0 liter up to 1500-cc, to allow its use in various capacity sports car classes of the time.

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