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Lotus unveiled the Lotus Elite Type 14 at Earl’s Court in 1957 and the car was produced until 1963. The Elite was the first model of a series of sporty road cars and marked the beginning of the diversification from the race and kit cars built so far. The body structure was monococque and made with fiberglass, less costly than traditional aluminum and steel fabrication. The body was penned by Peter Kirwan-Taylor and was an elegant two-seat coupe with a very low drag coefficient of 0.29. The car was powered by a 1.2-liter, four-cylinder engine that produced 75 hp. Well equipped, the Elite boasted double wishbone suspension in the front, Chapman struts in the rear and all-wheel disc brakes when many other more expensive sports car of the era were still fitted with drums. The 1958 Lotus Elite is known as the Series 1, wearing the lighter Maximar body shells in opposition to Series 2 models featuring Bristol plastics bodies.
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Should you be in the market for a 1958 Lotus Elite, The Beverly Hills Car Club team can help you with your research and purchase by sharing useful tips and advice. As the future owner of a 1958 Lotus Elite Type 14, you should be aware that repairs of the fiberglass body and suspension pick-up points can be onerous. Having a classic Lotus expert take a look at a model before you make a decision can be very useful. Give the team a call today if you’d like to hear more about the Lotus Elite or if you have questions about the models currently for sale at their Los Angeles classic car dealership.
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