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1974 Lotus Elan hartop


Year (of specifications) 1962 - 1975
Engine 1588 cc, 4 cylinder
Transmission 4 speed manual RWD
Max speed 120 mph (later models)
0-60 mph -
Horsepower 126 hp (later models)
weight 687 kgs / 1515 lbs


The Lotus Elan roadster was first introduced in 1962 as a replacement for the Lotus Elite. In 1963 an optional hardtop was offered, and a coupe version of the Elan was offered in 1965.

The Elan was the first Lotus road car to use a steel backbone chassis with a fibreglass body. weighing in at just 687 kgs (1,515 lbs), the Elan clearly embodied the lightweight Lotus design philosophy.

Initial versions of the Lotus Elan were also available as a kit to be assembled by the customer. The Elan was technologically advanced for its time with a twin-cam 1,558 cc, four cylinder engine, 4-wheel disc brakes, and 4-wheel independent suspension.

Engines in the early models developed around 105 horsepower, but later Elans produced 126 horsepower. The model was eventually dropped in 1975.

In 1989, after a 14 year absence, the Elan name was revived and used on the Lotus Elan SE.

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