1957 Lotus Elite

1957 Lotus Elite

The first Lotus Elite (also known as Lotus Type 14) made its debut at the 1957 London Motor Car Show. After the show, the ultralight 2-seater coupe was put in a development for a year before it went on sale. The car featured highly innovative fiberglass construction which not only included the body shell but also the entire load-bearing structure of the car. Steel was only used for a front-mounted subframe to support the engine, front suspension and provide mountings for door hinges. Weighing just over 500kg Lotus was mates with the 1216cc Coventry Climax FWE all-aluminum straight-4 engine which developed 75hp and allowed a car to be very competitive while keeping the fuel consumption at a low level. In 1960, the Elite SE was introduced as a higher-performance model. Fitted with twin SU carburetors and fabricated exhaust manifold delivered 85hp. The new release was also available as the higher-tuned Super 95 and a very few Super 100 and Super 105 which were fitted with Weber carburetors for racing purposes.
1957 Lotus Elite

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