Coys Auction - Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars and Collectors' Items
National Exhibition Centre
B40 1NT UK
Saturday 10th January 2009
Launched at the 1962 London Motor Show, at the Elan’s heart was a rigid backbone chassis so good that it has formed the basis of all Lotus models since. Independent suspension under a light and outstandingly pretty GRP body ensured nimble handling with racing car feel and responses, while soft springing also provided an excellent ride - a combination allowing the Elan numerous track successes in little modified form; brakes were disc all round with centre-lock wheels. The engine, initially 1,498cc but soon increased to 1,558cc, was a four cylinder twin-cam unit; through twin Weber either 40DCOE or twin Delortto carburettors, it produced 105bhp at 5,500rpm and, via a close ratio gearbox, powered the diminutive Elan to 112mph and 0-60mph in 9 seconds.
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