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Books on Lotus racing cars

Title Author Date ISBN Notes
The Lotus 49 David Hodges 1970 SBN 85368 051 5 Also Dutch edition

Hardback, 218 x 145 mm, 80pp.

The Lotus 49 David Hodges 1970 SBN 668-0 2333-3 American edition
Der Lotus 49 - Grand Prix Wagen

David Hodges 1971 None German edition

Hardback, 218 x 145 mm.

A Very Special Year, The story of a World Championship

various 1972   Team Lotus publicity brochure Published free

Softback, 296 x 208 mm, 112pp

Theme Lotus, 21 years of Grand Prix and Indianapolis Cars

Doug Nye 1978 0 900549 40 8 Hardback, 188 x 251 mm, 200pp.
The Single-Seat Lotus Formula 1 & Indy Cars Doug Nye 1978 0 930880 02 1 same as above, with endpaper drawings, errata & different dustwrapper

200 pp

Theme Lotus 1956-1986, From Chapman to Ducarouge

Doug Nye 1986 0 947981 09 8 Second Edition

Hardback, 190 x 252 mm, 288pp.

Lotus - A competition survey of the sports, GT and touring cars

Chris Harvey 1980 0 85045 367 4 Hardback, 195 x 255mm. 192 pp.
 
Lotus - A competition survey of the sports, GT and touring cars Chris Harvey 1999 1 903088 01 1 Reprint
Lotus, Team Guide Series No. 6

Bob Constanduros 1982 0 946132 05 4 Softback, 213 x 273 mm, 20pp
Colin Chapman, L'épopée Lotus en Formule 1 Jabby Crombac 1987 2 13 0400124 French text. Has colour section. No English version.
Lotus: The Renault Years '83-'86

Ken Wells 1987 0 94132 29 1 Softback, 210 x 280 mm, 64pp
Lotus The Sports Racing Cars

Anthony Pritchard 1987 0 085059 795 9 Design, development, racing histories.
Hardback 170 x 245mm. 160 pp
 
Autosport File: Lotus

various 1988 0 600 55662 X Hardback, 225 x 298 mm, 110pp.
The Lotus Eleven, Colin Chapman's Most Successful Sports-racing Car

Dennis Ortenburger 1988 0 85059 913 X Hardback, 175 x 245 mm, 192pp.
Lotus 25 Climax FWMV, The monocoque revolution

Ian Bamsey 1990 0 85429 802 9 Hardback, 212 x 257 mm, 96pp.
Lotus A Formula One Team History

Bruce Grant-Braham 1994 1 85223 803 8 Hardback, 195 x 253 mm, 224pp.
Lotus Sports Racers Gold Portfolio

various 1994 1 85520 2239 Track tests etc, for sports racing cars Mk 6 to 40.

Softback, compilation of articles,

200 x 270 mm, 172pp.
 

Lotus 107 & 107B Ford

Model Graphics Editors Office 1994 4 499 22619 8 This remarquable Formula Perfect Manual Series offers a collection of cover to cover colour detailed pictures of the car. Amazing shots of the car are illustrated such as the nose, front & rear wings, suspensions, cowl, monocoque & cockpit, under panel, engine, tires & wheels. Text is mostly in Japanese.

Also includes a short section at the back of the book that covers the Lotus Type 102B and Lotus Type 102D.

Soft bound, 255 x 255mm
116 pages, over 320 color illustrations
 
Lotus - The Historic Years 1956-1958

Graham Capel 1995 0 9525732 1 0 The history of the Eleven

217 x 306mm, 228pp.

Team Lotus: The Indianapolis Years

Andrew Ferguson 1996 1 85260 491 3 Andrew was the team manager during this time, and includes many of his personal notes, documents and memories.

Hardback, 260 x 260 mm. 240 pp.

Lotus Formula Juniors

Paul Robinshaw
Jeremy Bouckley
1996 0 9528086 09 Softback, 218 x 189 mm, 126pp.
Lotus on the Hills

Paul Robinshaw Jeremy Bouckley 1998 0 952 8086 2 5 Covers Lotuses on British hillclimbs from Mk 6 to
Elise.

23 x 30 cm. 132 pp

Lotus 9, 11, 15, 17, 19, 23

various 1998 1 901 977 30 7 Compilation of road tests and other magazine articles 1954 - 1963.

Softback, 226 x 293 mm, 82pp.

Lotus 9, 11, 15, 17, 19, 23 and 30

various 2008   Compilation of road tests and other magazine articles and cutaway drawings

168pp

Lotus race victories 1960 - 1962 various 1998 X 418 00133 1 Compilation of race reports

Softback, 227 x 293 mm, 74pp

Lotus race victories 1963 - 1967 various 1998 X 418 00134 X Compilation of race reports

Softback, 227 x 293 mm, 78pp

Lotus Race Cars, 1961 - 1994 Photo Album


 

Norman Hayes 1998 1 882256 84 0 B+W photos of Lotus cars and personalities, all taken by the author.

Softback, 258 x 215mm, 110pp.

Lotus 24 and 25

various 1999 1 84155 246 1 Softback, 205 x 290mm. 74 pp.
Lotus 49 - Story of a Legend

Michael Oliver 1999 1 901295 51 6 Comprehensive history.

Features:
- The definitive history of one of the most evocative and successful F1 cars, and the first to use the Ford-Cosworth DFV engine.
- From inception and development to the fate of surviving cars.
- Includes a racing record and individual chassis histories.
- The Lotus 49 is associated with some of the world\'s greatest racing drivers - Clark, Hill, Rindt and Fittipaldi, to name a few.
- A must for anyone who followed Formula 1 in the 60s and early 70s.
- Produced in association with the Ford Motor Company.

Hardback, 212 x 257 mm, 256pp.
 

Lotus 49 - Story of a Legend

 

Michael Oliver 1999 1 901295 75 3 Same as above, BRG edition
Lotus 49 - Story of a Legend Michael Oliver 1999 1 901295 94 X Same as above, leather bound edition
Formula Lotus

various 1999 1 84155 184 8 Compilation of road tests and other magazine articles

Softback, 205 x 290mm. 80 pp.
 

Lotus Racing Cars, Club Racers to World Champions 1948-1968
John Tipler 2000 0 7509 2389 X Well ilustrated history of Lotus racing (early years)

Hardback, 177 x 250 mm, 160pp.

Lotus Racing Cars, Decline and Revival 1968-2000

John Tipler 2000 0 7509 2553 X Well illustrated history of Lotus racing (later years)

Hardback, 177 x 250 mm, 160pp.

Lotus 49


 

various 2000 1 84155 350 6 firsthand impressions of automotive journalists.

Softback, 210 x 295mm. 80 pp.

Lotus 49 - 49B - 49C - 49F

various     Specifications, cutaway drawings, technical data.

Softback, 205 x 290mm. 120 pp.

Lotus 49 and 72, Ultimade guide

  2007   Softback, compilation of articles, inclusiding raceresults and practice times

138pp.

Lotus 72

various 2000 1 84155 329 8 Softback, 210 x 295mm. 70 pp.
Lotus 77, 78, 79

various 2000 1 84155 330 1 Softback, 210 x 295mm. 68 pp.
Lotus Sports Racers

various 2001 1 855 20555 6 Track tests etc, for sports racing cars Mk 6 to 40, expanded edition

Softback, compilation of articles,

200 x 270 mm. 344 pp
 

Lotus Sports Racers

various     A 168 page book covering all Lotus Sports Racers up to the Type 30.
Lotus 24, 25, 28, 29, 33

various 2001 1 84155 378 6 Compilation of road tests and other magazine articles
Lotus 27, 31, 41, 51, 56, 61, 63

various     Compilation of road tests and other magazine articles.

Softback, 210 x 297mm. 72 pp.

Lotus 21 24 25 27 29 and 33

various 2006   Compilation of road tests and other magazine articles.

Softback, 72 pp.

 

Lotus 25/33


 

John Tipler 2001 0 7509 2594 9 Hardback, 200 x 270 mm. 187 pp.
Lotus 70, 72, 77, 78, 79, 95T, 107B


 

various     Softback, 210 x 297mm. 124 pp.
Lotus 72, 72B, 72C, 72D, 72E

various 2003   A 94 page book looking at the Lotus 72, its drivers, racing entries and racing record. Also cutaway drawings of the car. Complete racing record included.
Lotus Type 72 - Formula One Icon

Michael Oliver 2003 978 1 902351 063 This book tells the definitive story of this striking and extremely successful car from drawing board to present day. Also included are full racing records and individual chassis histories for each of the cars built by Team Lotus. The story is lavishly illustrated by more than 450 colour and black and white images, many are previously unpublished. 234pp, Hardback, 31 x 30 cm. There is a regular edition, a limited edition and an publishors edition of this book.

Limited Edition includes smart presentation case.

The Publisher Edition of which there are only 50 copies, is a specially printed, Leather bound and gilt edged version of the book. In addition to the 240 pages of the standard book, features an extra 48 page section containing almost 100 mostly unseen photographs, as well as a complete chronological race record of the Type 72, from the first race in 1970 to the last International South African event, late in 1975.

Lotus 78 and 79 - the ground effect cars

John Tipler   978 1 86126 5869 The Lotus 78 was the car that started the ground effect revolution in Formula 1.

192 pages, Hardback, 246x189 mm, 8 page colour section 170 b&w photos

Lotus, the early years

 

 

P. Ross 2004 978 1 902351 148 The story of the creation of Lotus by the group of people who worked alongside Colin Chapman at the very beginning. Covering the years 1951–1954. Including photographs and sketches from the personal albums and drawing boards of those who were there during these historic years.

Hardback 28x28cm

Also a limited edition, ISBN 978 1 902351 186

Sports Car and Lotus Owner 1957-1958
 
Colin Pitt 2004 9781841555621 A limited edition book of reprinted articles from this British publication. Mainly Lotus but much material on other sports cars of the time. Reproduced in photocopier quality this title is not generally available in the book trade or from the larger specialists and includes much hard-to-find information.
The Lotus Book, type 1 to type 72

Colin Pitt 2005 1 84155 623 8 Coverage of Colin Chapman's road cars, Indianapolis cars and Formula 1/2/3 cars. Indept look at the Lotus 25, 49 and 56 models.

144 pp, 26 x 26 cm hardback

Lotus - The Competition Cars

Anthony Pritchard 2006   Hardback,

240 x 285 mm. 264 pp.

Lotus History 1962-1966, the history of the Lotus 23

Graham Capel 2006 0 9525732.5.3 Documented history on the Lotus 23 Sports Racing car built by Lotus over five years from 1962-1966

132 pp

Lotus 12 chassis No 353: The History

Mike Bennett 2008 0 646 54776 4 Complete story of the oldest and first Lotus GP car. The book covers the design of the Lotus 12 model and the history of chassis number 353.

This will be a rare item as production will not exceed 200 copies.

Hardbound in green Buckram

164 pp

Joe Honda Photobook Vol5, Lotus 97T

      This is a modelling guide produced for Model Factory Hiro, based on the work of Japanese motorsports photographer Joe Honda and are inspired by the subjects that Hiro have released. Plenty of race action and of course the all important close up photos of the cars in various pit garages and paddocks. Obviously it is intended to compliment one of the Hiro kits of this car but this book will be interesting for F1 and Lotus fans in general. Japanese text.
Lotus and Formula Ford Colin Pitt 2009 1841557404 Softback, 130 pp
Formula Lotus

Colin Pitt 2009   Softback, 70 pp, roadtests and cutaway drawings.
Lotus Sports Racers

Colin Pitt 2010   A collection of reprints of articles from motoring magazines plus other information.

Great cutaway drawings and technical specifications of the cars.

205mm x 295mm, 80 pp

Lotus 25-49-72

Colin Pitt 2010 1 84155 811 7 A collection of reprints of articles from motoring magazines plus other information including racing records, cutaway drawings, and the men and drivers behind Lotus including Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Jochen Rindt, Emmerson Fittipaldi, Colin Chapman. Card covers.

205mm x 295mm, 78 pp

Team Lotus - the formula one cars

William Taylor 2010 978-1-902351-41-4 Edition of just 1000 books for the Lotus celebration event at Snetterton on the 20th of June of 2010. This book is a fascinating look at every Formula 1 car designed, built, or raced, by Team Lotus.

Starting with the Coventry-Climax engined Type 12 which competed in the first Grand Prix for Team Lotus at Monaco in 1957, the book outlines every Type number, through the DFV engined classics of the 60s, 70s and 80s, such as the Types 49, 72 and 79, to the final 1994 Mugen-Honda powered Type 109.

With an extensive appendix section at the back of the book which lists all the Lotus Grand Prix wins, Lotus Grand Prix drivers, and Team Lotus results for every Grand Prix they competed in, this book is a must for any Lotus or Formula 1 fan.

60 printed pages, 125 studiostyle colour photographs, 279x279 mm
Team Lotus in Formula 1

Hartmut Lehbrink and Rainer W. Schlegelmilch 2011 ISBN-10: 9783940004826
ISBN-13:
978-3940004826
expected in June 2011.

Author and Grand Prix journalist Hartmut Lehbrink and photographer Rainer W. Schlegelmilch have joined forces to create this new book. They are both long time Formula 1 followers and have witnessed the story of Team Lotus throughout the years. In this book you will find stories based on conversations with Colin Chapman and also with Tony Fernandes.

With the book the buyer will also get 2 cd-roms containing video's, audio podcasts and images.


180 pages, hardcover

Joe Honda Photobook Vol. 5, Lotus 78,79,80

Joe Honda 2011   This is a modelling guide produced for Model Factory Hiro, based on the work of Japanese motorsports photographer Joe Honda and are inspired by the subjects that Hiro have released. Plenty of race action and of course the all important close up photos of the cars in various pit garages and paddocks. Obviously it is intended to compliment one of the Hiro kits of this car but this book will be interesting for F1 and Lotus fans in general. Japanese text.
Joe Honda Photobook Vol. 10, Lotus 99T & 100T

Joe Honda 2011   This is a modelling guide produced for Model Factory Hiro, based on the work of Japanese motorsports photographer Joe Honda and are inspired by the subjects that Hiro have released. Plenty of race action and of course the all important close up photos of the cars in various pit garages and paddocks. Obviously it is intended to compliment one of the Hiro kits of this car but this book will be interesting for F1 and Lotus fans in general. Japanese text.
Memories are made of this

Cirebox 2011   A unique one off book presented by the Lotus Renault Grand Prix team.

Memories are made of this is a comic book, offering you a 2011 F1 season review by artist Cirebox, featuring LRGP and other F1 characters.

Paperback, 54 pages, English
Size 29,7 x 22 x 1,2cm
 
Team Lotus: My View from the Pitwall

Peter Warr
 
2012 ISBN-10:
085733123X
ISBN-13:
978-0857331236
The late Peter Warr, who died in October 2010, had two spells of management with Team Lotus: 1969-76 and 1981-89. After Colin Chapman died in December 1982, he became the team's boss and in the years that followed his drivers included Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna.

He was one of Colin Chapman's closest allies as well as the man who nurtured the early Formula 1 careers of Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell. Frank, informative and beautifully written, his memoir remained unfinished at the time of his death in 2010, but the bulk of his work was done and thankfully can be published. This long-awaited inside story, which is of particular interest for its author's thoughts on Chapman and all the drivers he worked with, will be relished by all motor racing enthusiasts.

Hardcover, 288 pages, size 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm

Joe Honda Photobook Vol. 12, Gold Leaf Team Lotus

Joe Honda 2012   This is a modelling guide produced for Model Factory Hiro, based on the work of Japanese motorsports photographer Joe Honda and are inspired by the subjects that Hiro have released. Plenty of race action and of course the all important close up photos of the cars in various pit garages and paddocks.

Obviously it is intended to compliment one of the Hiro kits of this car but this book will be interesting for F1 and Lotus fans in general.

Japanese and English text.

Joe Honda Photobook Vol. 15, Lotus Type 98T

Joe Honda 2012   This is a modelling guide produced for Model Factory Hiro, based on the work of Japanese motorsports photographer Joe Honda and are inspired by the subjects that Hiro have released. Plenty of race action and of course the all important close up photos of the cars in various pit garages and paddocks.

Obviously it is intended to compliment one of the Hiro kits of this car but this book will be interesting for F1 and Lotus fans in general.

Japanese and English text.

 

Joe Honda Racing Pictorial Series by HIRO No.17 Lotus 72 1970-72

Joe Honda 2012 ISBN
978-4-905248-18-7
In this volume we follow the first three racing seasons (from 6 seasons in total) of the Lotus 72, viewing the faboulos photo's made by Joe Honda. Basically, this book is made in order to help modelcar builders.

Size 297mm x 232mm, 100 pages,
100 colour photos, 150 B/W photos.
Language: Japanese / with partial English translation
Lotus 72 Owners' Manual

 

Ian Wagstaff 2012 ISBN-10:
0857331272
ISBN-13:
978-0857331274
The Lotus 72 is one of the most successful Formula 1 cars ever made. This innovative car with its wedge-shaped profile, side-mounted radiators and inboard front brakes was driven during 1970 by Jochen Rindt, Formula 1 s posthumous World Champion, and also gave Emerson Fittipaldi the World Champion's crown in 1972. Here, in this new Haynes Manual, is a unique perspective on what it takes to restore, maintain and race a Lotus 72, as well as an insight into the design and engineering of this legendary racing car. The Lotus 72 story: teething troubles; debut win in 1970 Dutch GP; Rindt's posthumous World Championhip in 1970; a lean year in 1971 with no wins; another title in 1972, for Fittipldi; team-mates Ronnie Peterson and Fittipaldi take seven wins in 1973; protracted old age with active use lasting into 1975. Anatomy of the Lotus 72: aerodynamics, chassis, engine, transmission, suspension, steering, brakes, wheels and tyres, electrics. Restore for track use: restoration projects; obtaining spare parts; making replacement parts. The owner s view: buying a Lotus 72; values and insurance. The driver s view: racing in period; racing now. The engineer s view: maintenance and repairs; set-up for racing.

Hardcover, 210 x 17 x 270 mm, 160 pages
Language: English

Lotus 72 & 76 1973-75

Joe Honda 2012 ISBN-13:
978-4905248194
Another magnificent photobook, created in order to help modelcar constructors but also very interesting for other Lotus enthusiasts. In this volume is we can follow the last three racing seasons of the six seasons that Lotus 72 was entered. We see Emerson Fittipaldi, the youngest defending champion, and Ronnie Peterson.

Size 297mm x 232mm , 100 pages, 150 colour photos, 50 B/W photos, Japanese with partial English translation
Lotus 72

Ian Wagstaff 2012 ISBN-10:
2360590324
ISBN-13:
978-2360590322
French version

Hardcover, size 24 x 22.6 x 1.6 cm

Lotus - The Historic Sports & Racing Cars of Australia.

Marc Schagen 2012 ? History of every Lotus sports and racing car that has raced and "lived" in Australia since the first car in 1955. This book includes many never before seen photos, colour or black and white, of each car.

 

Hardcover, 208 pages

Lotus 49

 

Joe Honda 2013 ISBN-13: 978-4905248293 Another book packed with superb photo’s by Joe Honda. His books are made by Model Factory Hiro for modelcar builders in order to help them with the details. Bit it is also a great book if you are not into building kits!

Size: 297mm x 232mm
100 Pages
200 colour photos / 100 B&W photos
Language: Japanese / with partial English translation
 
Grand Prix Ford - DFV-powered Formula One cars

Anthony Pritchard 2014 ISBN-10: 1845846249,
ISBN-13: 978-1845846244
 
Anthony Pritchard has written a detailed and superbly illustrated account of the Formula 1 cars powered by the Ford DFV V8 engine. This all-conquering power unit was the result of discussions between Colin Chapman and the UK Ford Motor Company. Design, development and manufacture was entrusted to the Cosworth company in Northampton, in response to Lotus' desperate need for an engine for the 3000cc Formula 1 that came into force for 1966.

Lotus had exclusive use of the DFV in 1967, its first season, when Jim Clark drove the DFV-powered Lotus 49 to four World Championship victories. Becoming available to other Formula 1 teams in 1968, adopters included McLaren and Matra.

Graham Hill won the Drivers' Championship with DFV-powered Lotus cars in 1969, and drivers of DFV-powered cars won the Championship in 13 out of 16 years.
 

Hardcover, 224 pages, English

Lotus Type 79 Ultra Detail Guide

 

  2014 ISBN-13: 978-8416052066 A new range of photographic detail guides for modellers from Komakai.

This is an an A5 size book, including 98 pages with full colour photos taken to the actual car. You will find “Front”, “Tyres”, “Body”, “Engine”, “Inside” and “Back” sections with detailed photos only.

97T, GP car story

  2014 ISBN-10: 4779619173
ISBN-13: 978-4779619175
GP Car Story Vol.5, Lotus 97T
These Japanese magazines are published quarterly, with plenty of images of the respective subject on track and also pit lane photos which get a little closer and will be useful for detailing work. They don’t go into quite the level of detail as the Joe Honda series, but they are rather less expensive and are still very handy. For those not familiar with traditional Japanese printing, the binding is on the right side and they read from back to front in western terms. Japanese text.
Lotus 49 owners workshop manual

Ian Wagstaff 2014 ISBN-10: 0857334123
ISBN-13: 978-0857334121
This manual provides a fascinating insight into the design, evolution, operation, maintenance and restoration of the Lotus 49.
Paperback, 168 pages, size 27 x 21 x 1.9 cm