The Lotus Elan was a road going sports car introduced in the early 1960s and produced from 1962 to 1973. The model was made in a two-seat coupe or convertible version, as well as in a four-seat coupe variant called the Elan +2. Until 1965, all two-seaters were roadsters with an optional hardtop. The series 3 introduced in late 1965 was a fixed-head coupe, followed by a roadster model in 1966. A racetrack model was also built: the Lotus Elan 26R. The Lotus Elan was powered by a twin-cam, 1.6-liter engine based on a Ford unit but specially built by Lotus. Another model called the Lotus Elan M100 was made in the 1980s and 1990s and was completely different from the Elan from the 1960s and 1970s. The Lotus Elan was light and simple and offered spectacular performance and handling at the time. The model was made in S1, S2, S3, S4, and Sprint variants, introducing new design and mechanical improvements each time.
Lotus was a small, artisanal manufacturer in the 1960s and the factory suffered a fire destroying a lot of documentation, which means it can be difficult to find accurate information and numbers on the different models. The Lotus Elan was definitely a popular model, with a total production exceeding 14,000 models. Its starring in The Avengers television series made it an icon of its generation. A well-maintained Lotus Elan with original parts is a wonderful classic to own. One thing to keep in mind is that the model is particularly small and isn’t best fitted for drivers over 5 ft. 10 in. unless you’re planning to drive with the top down exclusively!
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