The 1959 Lotus Elite is known as the Type 14 and was produced from 1958 to 1960 for the series 1, and 1960 to 1963 for the series 2. The Elite was a two-seat, ultra-light coupe featuring a highly innovative monococque fiberglass fabrication. The Lotus Elite Type 14 was powered by a 1.2-liter, straight-four, all-aluminum engine with an output of 75 hp. Equipped with all-around independent suspension and disc brakes, the car was advanced compared to similar sports cars of the era. Thanks to a very low drag coefficient of 0.29, the Lotus Elite was very efficient on the road and on the track. The lines of the body were elegant and very fashionable in the late 1960s. Peter Kirwan-Taylor was responsible for the car’s design, combining smooth and simple lines with remarkable aerodynamics.
The Elite used glass-reinforced plastic material for the entire load-bearing structure of the car, in opposition to more modern vehicles such as the Corvette, using fiberglass only for exterior bodywork. Therefore, the construction of the car can be more fragile than traditional steel or aluminum and repairs or restoration of the body are often costly. Carrying out a pre-purchase inspection by a classic Lotus expert will rule out any hidden damage and give you all the information you need about the example, so that you can make an informed decision. The Beverly Hills Car Club team can help you in your research and purchase experiences by sharing some useful tips and advice. Moreover, the team has an extensive inventory of classic cars for sale.
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