That Time A Polish Carmaker Made The Lotus Esprit Before Lotus Did. Sort Of.

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I sometimes think confusion is an under-appreciated mental state. We normally associate it with pretty negative circumstances, which makes sense, as being confused means being in a position where you can’t comprehend enough of what’s going on around you to do anything. In less demanding situations, though, there’s sometimes a strange, freeing joy to being a bit confused, or at least baffled. That’s the position I find myself in now, as I try to understand the story behind the relationship between the FSO 1100 Coupe prototype of 1974, and the famous Lotus Espirit of 1976.