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Try http://www.motorbooks.com . They are a great source for loads of automotive-related stuff. One of my favorite Lotus books is Colin Chapman Lotus Engineering - Theories, Designs & Applications by Hugh Haskell. I didn't see it listed at Motorbooks, but I didn't look too closely.

Although the focus of the Haskell book is on Chapman's engineering genius, it covers the history of Lotus quite well.
 

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huggy bear said:
Can someone recommend a good coffee table book that talks about Lotus' complete history. I found this thread but it was about the Elise only.

http://www.elisetalk.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3641&highlight=book+history
I'm not sure I would call these coffee table books, but I have two excellent books I purchased when I bought my first Lotus. They cover the history for their period in much detail. A lot on Colin Chapman, as well.

The first one is "The Story of Lotus: 1947-1960 Birth of a Legend", by Ian H. Smith. It's on Amazon at:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...f=sr_1_1/102-0063004-4076901?v=glance&s=books

The second one is "The Story of Lotus: 1961-1970 Growth of a Legend", by Doug Nye. It is on Amazon at:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/offer-listing/0900549157//102-0063004-4076901?condition=all
 

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This is probably the best coffee table book:

The Lotus Book S3 by William Tayolor
http://www.coteriepress.com/CP_ProductDetail_01.php?Manufacturer=Lotus&Productid=2

I have the S2 version and it is a chronological picture book of every Lotus model made. This is a great coffee table book, but does not contain all the history.

For History I like Colin Chapman The Man and His Cars by Jabby Crombac because he is a journalist who was friends with Chapman (and entered Lotus cars at Le Mans). He has some good insight. Also Colin Chapman Wayward Genius is very interesting because it covers some of the "darker" parts of Chapman's persona.
 

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I agree with your Lotus Book recommendation. I hadn't mentioned it in my reply because I couldn't find a reputable source for it on the 'net.

Thanks for the link! :)
 

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Or go to AMAZON.COM and type lotus elise in search
 

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