... and as it crosses the finishing line, it should collapse in a heap of bits.” - Lotus driver Innes Ireland

The Lotus 49 was a fast car, it just wasn’t all that reliable. As far as Colin Chapman was concerned, that was just about perfect β€” even though it lost the 1967 driver and constructor titles to the slower but more reliable Brabham.

Did I mention that Dan Gurney won a race in a chassis of his own design that year?