Lotus 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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