Imagine my surprise, once again, to find a rare British car rendered by Matchbox, the late '60s/early '70s Lotus Europa Twin-cam Special (TCS). This tiny mid-engined production car was one of the first cars to use that layout, coming out at a similar time as the MUCH more expensive Lamborghini Muira, 1966. The original S1 version had taller rear sail panels, more beautiful, and probably more aerodynamic, but they didn't help rear vision at all. For the last update, the Twincam series, Lotus cut them down a few inches, ruining the design purity, in my opinion, but better for, you know, driving.
For the Wikipedia on this Europa, click here.
UPDATE—I first identified this little Matchbox as a Europa S2, thinking that was when they cut the rear sail panels down, but one of my fabulous, and erudite, readers corrected me, so I've updated the post above. Thank you dear Reader! I was going to do the fancy 'strikethrough' for S2 in the headline, and add TCS to the end, but I can't access that font form in headlines. Being a "type man" I get so frustrated with the rudimentary typesetting available on blogs! : )