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The Lotus Elite was the first grand tourer and marks a step in the history of the brand. Introduced in 1957, the car was produced until 1963 in two series and a SESpecial Equipmentvariant recognizable to its silver roof. The body used a monococque fiberglass construction, which was cheaper to manufacture and lighter than the traditional aluminum and steel fabrication. Peter Kirwan-Taylor signed the design, combining great aerodynamics and elegant lines. Powered by a 1.2-liter, straight-four, aluminum engine, the Elite offered 75 hp85 hp for the SE. The Elite was also very successful on the track, famously winning classes at Le Mans and the Nrburgring among other races. Over 1,000 models of Lotus Elite had been built when the production ended in 1963, and the Elan model came as a replacement.
Looking to purchase a classic Lotus?
If you’re thinking about buying a 1963 Lotus Elite, you’re about to join a very exclusive group. Several active clubs are devoted to the Lotus Elite and other owners are often helping one another with maintenance and improvement tips. The Beverly Hills Car Club would be happy to help you find the right example of 1963 Lotus Elite whether you’re searching for a model in pristine condition or one that needs some work. Their Los Angeles classic car dealership has a large inventory of models for sale and the experts are regularly buying new models. One thing to know about the 1963 Lotus Elite is that the fiberglass body is fragile and restoration is onerous. Be sure to inspect the car thoroughly before you complete the transaction.
The Beverly Hills Car Club team is ready to assist you with the research and purchase of a classic Lotus. Call the friendly staff today to learn more about the model. The team will share the best practice for buying a classic car and guide you through the different steps. The experts are looking forward to speaking with you soon!
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