Cheshunt (UK)

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When Ford de­cided to put the new twin-cam engined Lo­tus Cortina on sale in 1963, Lo­tus was hired to man­u­fac­ture all the road cars. The Lo­tus fac­tory, in Cheshunt (north­east Lon­don — just off the A10 road) was cramped, so assem­bly was in a first-floor work­shop (re­mote from Elan assem­bly), start­ing from bare bodyshells supplied by Ford from Da­gen­ham, while en­gines came from the JAP com­pany. Sev­eral thou­sand such cars were pro­duced, but there were qual­ity con­trol is­sues, so the ex­per­i­ment was not re­peated.

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