Lotus Cars played a large part in the Prisoner, the Lotus Seven of course being the Prisoner's car which Patrick McGoohan saw as a car for the individual, a car with a rebellious nature. The Lotus 7 being Lotus Cars demonstrator which was originally in black livery, but which was re-painted in what we are now
pleased to call Prisoner livery.
And in the episode The Girl Who Was Death Mr X got behind the wheel of a Lotus Elan, which is strange because when Graham Nearn first pointed out the Lotus Elan for the Prisoner, McGoohan rejected the little car in favour of the Lotus 7, which he found under a tarpaulin. Of course it was the Lotus Elan which was driven by Mrs Peel in the television series The Avengers
But before that in Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling Potter was seen to be driving a white livery, with green flash, Lotus Cortina.
The Lotus Cortina saw a collaboration between Lotus and Ford. in 1963, in order to produce an updated version of the Cortina MK1 with the engine rated at 105bhp and there was a 'racing' version with 145bhp.The resulting hybrid was very successful with 3301 being produced, however the MK1 was discontinued in the summer of 1966. Lotus had no production involvement in the MK2.