1958 Lotus Elite

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1958 Lotus Elite

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Lotus

Lotus

Quick Facts

Price (when new): 2244

Production Total: 988

Build Start: 1958

Last on sale: 1963

Drive System:

The undoubted star of the 1957 Earl’s Court Motor Show, but Lotus kept buyers waiting until the summer of 1959 to enjoy this technical marvel of great beauty. Use of a chassis-less glassfibre monocoque and aluminium Coventry-Climax 1200cc 75bhp engine resulted in the incredibly light weight that made this car perform and handle so well; 1960 brought a Series II model with improved rear suspension and trim, plus the SE with its close-ratio ZF gearbox and optional breathing package for an extra 10bhp. Be aware, they are noisy inside, and quite a squeeze for six-footers.

Information from Octane Magazine.
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Specifications

General
  • 1958
  • Elite
  • 1963
Dimensions
  • 1505mm
  • 2235mm
  • 660kg
  • 3708mm
  • 1181mm
Performance
  • 11.4s
  • 77lb/ft
  • 2
  • 112mph
  • 71bhp
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Fuel Consump.
  • 34mpg
Prices
  • €2244
  • €11500
  • €21275
  • €34500
  • €40250
Other
  • 988

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