British auto brand Lotus has partnered with few Brit fountain pen icon Onoto to create a striking writing instrument made from F1 cars.
They say the pen is mightier than the sword and while that phrase might be tweaked today to say the smartphone is mightiest of them all, there’s still something luxuriously simple about a fine fountain pen. If you’re only going to have one pen in your life – for those important moments of reflection – perhaps it should be made from the hull of a racing car.
Auto marque Lotus and pen gurus Onoto, whose writing instruments are regularly sought after by collectors (esteemed figures such as Winston Churchill, Florence Nightingale, and respected Japanese writer Natsume Soseki were among the brand’s clientele), have created a new limited edition fountain pen made from aluminium sourced from Classic Team Lotus Formula One cars to celebrate its 75th anniversary.
Aluminium has long been the principal material of choice for Lotus Cars, from the very first Lotus MK1 in 1948, and the handcrafted fountain pen, priced at €3,785 and presented in Lotus yellow, is constructed using metal sourced from significant Lotus racing car designs throughout the 75 years of the brand’s history, in particular the Type 72, which was one of its most successful Formula One cars.
Adding a little more British heritage to the design, the renowned “ACBC” personal monogram – the initials of Lotus Cars founder Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman (CBE), known to all as Colin Chapman – is showcased on the finial of the pen, enhancing its elegance.
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