1982 was the last year of production for the Lotus Eclat. Introduced in 1974, this sporty grand tourer was based on its predecessor, the Elite, with a more spacious and practical interior thanks to a fastback rear end design. This last generation of Lotus Eclat was well equipped with a much nicer 5-speed Getrag gearbox, improved suspension system and comfort options such as air conditioning and powered steering. With its 2.2-liter, four-cylinder, Lotus 912 engine producing 160 hp, its disc brakes in the front and wonderful cornering abilities, the Lotus Eclat was a real treat to drive. In 1982, a lift out roof panel was available on option, called the Riviera.
Despite its many qualities, the Lotus Eclat wasn’t the most successful model made by Lotus. The sportier Esprit and the more polyvalent Elite shadowed the Eclat in the 1970s and early 1980s. However, a good example of Lotus Eclat is a very desirable classic nowadays. If you’re looking to acquire a model for your collection, you probably already know a lot about the model and its history. The Beverly Hills Car Club team can help you keep up to date with the value of the model considering the models recently sold. The team is also known for sharing useful tips and advice. One of their recommendations is to hire a classic Lotus expert to carry out a complete pre-purchase inspection. The expert should check for rust damage, inspect the mechanics and the electronics, and evaluate the car by also taking into consideration its history of ownership and service records.
The Beverly Hills Car Club is at your disposal to help with the research of a 1982 Lotus Eclat, whether they have your dream example in inventory or not. Their Los Angeles classic car dealership welcomes you anytime. Come meet the team and view the current inventory of classic cars for sale. The team is looking forward to meeting you so don’t wait to call!
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