Introduced in 1957 at the British Earl’s Court exhibition, the Lotus Elite Type 14 was produced from 1958 to 1963. Designed by Peter Kirwan-Taylor, the body used a monococque fiberglass fabrication. The design was simple and elegant with a very low drag coefficient of 0.29. The 1961 Lotus Elite model was the series 2, fitted with a Bristol plastics body in opposition with the previous Maximar-built body shells. The Elite was powered by a 1.2-liter, straight-four engine unit with an output of 75 hp for the standard model and 85 hp for the Lotus Elite SE with the SU carburetors. The SE also featured an improved ZF gearbox instead of the previous MG one and a silver colored roof.
The Lotus Elite was a very popular sports car of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and is a desirable classic nowadays thanks to its simplicity and enjoyable driving experience provided by its low weight, great aerodynamics, and wonderful handling capabilities. Should you be looking for a model of 1961 Lotus Elite for sale, The Beverly Hills Car Club is a good resource. The staff is composed of car enthusiasts with years of experience in buying and selling classics of all makes, models, and conditions. Not only will they answer any question you have on the Lotus Elite, but also they are known for sharing useful tips and advice to help you make a smart purchase. For one, they’ll tell you that some previous owners have reported a vibration at 4,000 rpm. Be sure to pay attention during the test drive!
Whether you’re searching for a mint-condition 1961 Lotus Elite or a barn-find in need of restoration, The Beverly Hills Car Club team would be delighted to assist you. Browse their online inventory to view the current models for sale at their Los Angeles classic car dealership and call the team to ask about latest acquisitions and current transaction.
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