The Lotus Elan series 4 was introduced in 1968 and featured additional horsepower thanks to two Weber 40 DCOE carburetors with a reinforced differential. 126 hp were now available at 6,500 rpm and top speed increased to 112 mph. Designed by Colin Chapman, the Lotus Elan was popular for its light body, high handling capabilities, and efficiency. Built on a backbone frame with a fiberglass body, the Elan featured four-wheel independent suspension and disc brakes all around. The Lotus Elan was available as a convertible roadster with an optional hardtop, as a coupe and as a Plus 2 with four seats. The main design cues were the pop-up headlamps and curved windshield. The interior featured a full-width dashboard made from a single piece of walnut wood and providing minimal equipment. Simple, agile, and efficient, the Lotus Elan was an icon of its generation.
Produced from 1962 to 1973, the Lotus Elan was made in over 10,000 models according to most sourcesafter a fire at the factory, most records disappeared. When looking at a particular example, be sure to thoroughly inspect the backbone frame and chassis to assess potential rust damage. One advantage of the Lotus Elan is that most parts are available and easy to find, so a restoration process isn’t as complicated as it can be on other sports cars of the era. The Beverly Hills Car Club team has many tips and advice to share with their clientele, so don’t hesitate to call the friendly staff to ask for more best practices for purchasing a classic Lotus. In addition, the team regularly buys and sells classics of all makes, models, and conditions. Your future 1968 Lotus Elan might be waiting for you at their Los Angeles classic car dealership.
Browse the online inventory of The Beverly Hills Car Club now to view the current models of 1968 Lotus Elan available for sale at their Los Angeles classic car dealership. Should you not see what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to call the team and ask for a Lotus specialist. The team is looking forward to speaking with you soon.
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