It was always Colin’s company until he died in 1982 at the age of 54. Many fans of Lotus thought it was the end of an era.
I think 1982 means a lot for this man, because he used to be one of the Royal Air Force, Colin loved to fly and had a dream of design and producing plane for individual. He tried to design a personal jet in the 1970’s, but turned to ultralights as they were less regulated. But what a pity, this project was never finished before his death.
Then in 1986 the company was bought by GM, but later sold off to A.C.B.N Holdings of Luxembourg in 1993. In 1996 the Malaysian car maker Proton bought the brand from them and is still controlling it today.
It’s definitely that Proton will sell Lotus in the future, because they can’t make money from Lotus. The two…
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