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Ron Hickman
Ron Hickman had designed the Lotus Elan, having jumped ship from the Ford Design department where he had worked on projects such as the Ford Anglia. Hickman had also moonlighted to work on the Lotus Elite project with Peter Kirwan-Taylor and Frank Costin. Hickman also designed the Lotus Elan Plus 2. In 1963 after becoming aware that Ford of America wanted to build a Le Mans racer he and Colin Chapman decided to bid for the work. Ron Hickman designed a mid-engined two-seater which was shown to Ford. Lotus lost out to Lola who already had an Eric Broadley engineered contender racing with a body designed by John Frayling. Frayling had earlier worked on the Lotus Elite, and returned to Lotus to turn the too complicated Hickman design into the final Europa. Hickman retired from car design, coming up with the design for the Black and Decker Workmate bench which netted him a fortune.
Lotus Elan Plus 2 1967 front
Lotus Elan Plus 2 1967. The original Elan Plus 2 had all the flavour of the original Elan, cleverly repackaged by Ron Hickman for a car ten inches wider and 12 inches longer.
Lotus Elan S2 1965 front
Lotus Elan S2 1965. Ron Hickman is credited with the design of the Lotus Elan, which from the outset was designed to be easier and cheaper to produce than the Lotus Elite.
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
There are also notes on Pininfarina
as well as the car maker
and links tothat car maker
see also my Picasa car albums
withe even more on RedSimon
Simon is also a contributor to SuperCars.Net
And also to Wikipedia
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