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  Lotus 10 Bristol

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1955
Numbers built:7
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionSome of Lotus' customers asked Colin Chapman and Mike Costin to build them a car to compete in the popular 2 litre sportscar series. Most other cars used the BMW derived, Bristol built 'six', so it was no surprise that Chapman picked this engine. The engine was installed in an extensively modified 8 chassis. A similar streamlined body as the 8 was used but it can be distinguished by a huge hood buldge, covering the larger engine.

The 2-litre racer was ready for the 1955 season. Although it scored a number of wins, its success was completely overshadowed by the all-conquering Lotus 9. Of the seven 10s built, one was ordered by actor James Dean. He never took delivery of it because of his fatal accident in a Porsche 550.

Featured is the first Lotus 10. It is seen here competing in the Spa Historic Six Hours sportscar race.

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