A Bit of History about Lotus Elan

October 5, 2012 at 12:32

Recently we have been celebrating the anniversary of the Lotus Elan model. Today we want to dive a little into the history of this car. Lotus Elan was first presented in 1962, with a roadster body called Drop Head. Optional hardtop was offered in 1963, and the coupe version with the Fixed Head appeared in 1965. It was the first Lotus road car for consumers, which used a steel base for its chassis. This technology was used on all road cars Lotus until the year 1995, including Europa, Excel and supercar Esprit, until the appearance of Elise model, on which it was replaced by aluminum alloy chassis with a body made out of composite material of new generation.

Picture of yellow Lotus Elan

Picture of yellow Lotus Elan

There was a version of the Elan, which was supplied as a kit for self assembly of the customers. The version was sold exclusively to the people with technical knowledge and great experience in constructing. Despite the fact that the package containes not the best description of the car – it was quite enough to build a car for the weekend, so it was only a few key components of attention. Elan came with a 1558 cc engine (originally in 1962 was a 1.5-liter engine), 4 disc brakes, 4-wheel independent suspension. More about the history of the famous Lotus Elan in the articles to follow.

Image of Lotus Elan silver

Image of Lotus Elan silver

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