Kaipan was founded in 1991 as a completely Czech-owned company. The goal of its founder was to expand the offer at the Czech market with an exclusively sporting convertible (roadster).
Its design was taken from Lotus Seven and its copies. Even though the original idea was rather to import Lotus Seven copies from abroad, this was gradually changed to developing and manufacturing own variants of the original designs.
The first prototype was introduced in the fall of 1992; however, the development and tests took several more years. The development was finished in 1997 and "Kaipan 47" was approved for lot production and for road traffic.
Since that time, tens of cars have been produced. The current annual production is 19 cars in 2001.
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