Happy Birthday Elan Lotus

August 11, 2012 at 14:49

This weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, fans and drivers of Lotus had a triple reason to celebrate at the carnival. And one of them, the most important and vivid of all was the 50th anniversary of the quintessential roadster Lotus Elan. Remembering the spy passions of the sixties, some men of a certain age will first remember the famous Mrs. Peel in the cat suit of black leather, but also the great Elan will be among the first.

Vintage picture of Elan Lotus

Vintage picture of Elan Lotus

Production of Elan was launched in October 1962 at the British Motor Show, during the popularity Swinging Sixties. Just a year ago, Jaguar launched a series of E-Type, at the AC there was Cobra, and a Ferrari at GTO. They were big, powerful, muscular luxury cars. Elan was very different from them, it was a typical Lotus – ultra modern, easy, fast and incredibly fun.

Image of Elan Lotus yellow

Image of Elan Lotus yellow

Elan won the sixtieth: playful roofless – a double ticket to freedom, with a technically innovative frame chassis for all roads, fiberglass bodywork, independent suspension, four-wheel, 670 kg weight with such a sweet power to weight ratio, dealt a blow to the existing approaches to the perception of cars and was associated with a real Rock n ‘roll-style. Even today, some people look at it with the great passion they feel in their hearts.

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