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Possible Takeover of Lotus by Jaguar 1964

PostPost by: trw99 » Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:29 pm

Reading the latest edition of Octane magazine last night I was jolted awake by reading the following: "Another revelation is the correspondence between Sir William Lyons and Colin Chapman over the possible purchase of Lotus in 1964". This was in a review of a new book by Peter Wilson titled 'XJ13' and which Octane rate as their book of the month.

I have had a quick look through my Lotus books and can find no reference to this, so it would appear to be a 'revelation'. Anyone on here know any more?

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PostPost by: elan_fan » Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:48 pm

I thought that it was a case of Jag buy Lotus and Chapman was to run the show so that Lyons could step down
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:36 pm

There's a page or 2 on it in the "Colin Chapman - Wayward Genius" book, I forget the page numbers & am away from home at the moment...
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PostPost by: trw99 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:39 pm

Ah ah! Can anyone give us a precis on what it says in there, I haven't yet got around to buying that tome yet!

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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:05 pm

Page 127:


Managed to get mine on ebay.co.uk for 54pounds just before Christmas, usually sells for 120 pounds! A very interesting read.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:11 pm

Interesting stuff. Thanks so much for posting that Phil.

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