Ron Hickman donation

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An important personal collection of drawings and documents by Lotus sports car designer and inventor the late Ron Hickman has been donated to the National Motor Museum.

Ron Hickman was heavily involved in design and development for Lotus between 1956 and 1967, working on such iconic projects as the Elite and the Elan. He kept a comprehensive archive of drawings, photographs, designs and correspondence. Most of the drawings are original works, complemented by copies of sketches. As many as 60 box files contain correspondence relating to his autobiography, as well as a complete project showing his proposed redesign of the Caterham Seven.

Ron Hickman working at desk
Ron Hickman at work

This important donation will add significantly to our understanding of Lotus development.

Our thanks to Mrs Helen Hickman for her donation and Chris Forster for facilitating matters from Jersey, where Ron and Helen Hickman made their home.


5 thoughts on “Ron Hickman donation

  1. The gentleman in the picture on the left of Colin Chapman does not look like Ron Hickman at all but resembles Fred Bushell, Chapman’s finance director.

    1. Many thanks for pointing this out and providing us with this extra bit of information. We have changed the photograph to one of Ron Hickman at work.

  2. Hi,
    This donation is extremely important to British motoring history and Lotus.Its fully appropriate that it be kept in an institution where it can serve to inspire a wide audience.I held a long telephone conversation with Ron Hickman and feel he would have wished this outcome.
    I co-host the Colin Chapman Archive and Resource website.
    Shortly I am planning to visit you and wonder if it might be possible to view part of the archive, in order that I can disseminate it to our subscribers.
    I look forward to confirmation.

  3. Thank you for your comments. I believe you have been in contact with our Research and Enquirers Officer who will be able to assist with your request.

  4. Ron was a true character, a brilliant person and a nice guy. As to the boxes of correspondence related to his autobiography, he knew he could never complete it due to his obsession to detail.

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