Lotus: The Art of Lightness

January 24 – April 26, 2015

1956 Lotus Mk VI front 3q_72dpiImage courtesy of Michael Furman.

Lotus and the genius of Colin Chapman have been at the forefront of racing technology and automotive design since 1948.  Colin Chapman’s philosophy of light weight and efficiency of design resulted in  7 Formula 1 World Championships as well as wins at Le Mans, and Indianapolis , saloon car racing and the World Rally Championship.  Chapman’s mantras of simplification, light weight and the least amount of parts effectively deployed that went into his racing car design were directly translated into Lotus’ road cars and produced iconic machines such as the Seven, Elan, Esprit, and Elise. The rest of the automotive world is finally realizing that horsepower makes you fast in the straights, but light weight makes you faster everywhere – and more fuel efficient to boot!

For over 60 years Lotus has continued to produce class-leading  sports cars and are a globally respected automotive engineering consultancy, working with many of the world’s most prestigious car manufacturers.

This exhibit will feature a variety of Lotus models both road and race throughout that 60 year history.

In addition to the vehicles on display, this exhibit will include Lotus artwork.   Gary Dausch will supply 3 pieces depicting Ayrton Senna driving Lotus Types 98T (John Player Special Livery) and 99T (Camel Cigarettes Livery) and a portrait of Jim Clark seated in a Type 43.  Gale Heimbach has cutaways of a Series 1 Elite, an Elan Drop Head Coupe, and a Europa Twin Cam which will add both artistic and technical value to the exhibit.

LotusRaceFrontMFuhrmancreditImage courtesy of Michael Furman.

List of Confirmed Vehicles

1956 Mark VI – Owner Kyle Kaulback

1959 Elite – Joe Marchione

1962 Seven S2 – Gary David

1964 Elan S1 – Greg Moore

1966 Lotus Cortina – Gary & Sandy David

1967 Europa S1B – Bob Fogle

1970 Type 61 – Kyle Kaulback

1970 Type 69 – Kyle Kaulback

1972 Europa TC – Kyle Kaulback

1973 Elan Sprint – Dee & Kenny Mance

1979 Esprit S2 – Art Mason

1987 Esprit Turbo – Giugiaro

1991 M100 Elan – Ted Taylor

1996 Type 110 – Kyle Kaulback

2001 Esprit V8 – Nathan Davis

2009 Exige S260 – Jon Walton

2014 Evora S – LCU

Elan Rolling Chassis – Clark Lance

Lotus engineered:

Delorean – Justin Mettee

ZR1 – Dave Nagler

We would like to include the following vehicles in the display and are looking for owners with the following:

Type 18, Type 23, Type 79 (possibly filled) and Type 108

Please get in contact with us if you have one of these vehicles and would be interested in having it displayed here at the AACA Museum during the time of this exhibit.

Lotus:  The Art of Lightness

Opening Reception – Friday, January 23rd

6:00 – 9:00 PM


Join us for a fun evening as we unveil our newest exhibit – Lotus: The Art of Lightness! Be among the first to see these fabulous vehicles, talk with our guest curator about the exhibit along with some of the vehicle owners. Appetizers and beverages included with your ticket price along with full access to all AACA Museum exhibits. Advance tickets required $15 each

Purchase Tickets

To avoid ticket processing fees, tickets may also be purchased directly at the AACA Museum Ticket Counter or via telephone at 717-566-7100 ext. 100.