Championship-winning Lotus added to museum display


The Antique Automobile Club of America has announced that it is adding a 1978 Lotus Type 79 to its upcoming exhibition celebrating the marque. Lotus: The Art of Lightness opens to the public on 24 January and will run for three months. 

The John Player Special-liveried Formula One car is a technological marvel that became one of the most successful cars of the period to fully exploit aerodynamic 'ground effects', carrying Mario Andretti to victory in the '78 F1 Drivers' Championship. 

In addition to the Type 79, 15 other Lotus models spanning the firm's history will also be on show. The oldest car on display will be a 1956 Mark VI, which was built just two years after Colin Chapman founded the company. It will be joined by a 1970 Type 61MX, '71 Type 69, '72 Europa Twin Cam and '96 Type 110 bicycle. 

Lotus-engineered vehicles and engines will also form part of the exhibition, including a Sinclair C5, an Ultralight aircraft engine and a Type 23 spaceframe chassis – all on loan from the Barber Museum in Birmingham, Alabama. 

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