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Peter Sellers’ 1966 Lotus Elan S2 Heads To The Auction Block 10
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in auction, Classics, Lotus, Lotus Elan on 11 10th, 2015

Once owned by famous actor Peter Sellers, this rare 1966 Lotus Elan S2 heads to auction with an estimated price between £45,000 and £50,000.
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Lotus Marks The Elan’s 50th Birthday 27
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, Lotus, Lotus Elan, News, Roadsters on 06 27th, 2012

The Lotus Elan roadster. Image: Lotus

In October of 1962, Lotus launched an all-new roadster at the British Motor Show that would eventually go on to re-write the book on modern, lightweight sports cars. Dubbed the Lotus Elan, the car debuted the use of a backbone tube chassis on a production, road-going car, sported a lightweight fiberglass body and utilized a four wheel independent suspension.

For the day, it was surprisingly well equipped, featuring amenities like wood veneer dash trim, power windows, full (but tissue-thin) carpeting and even a functioning heater. Later versions (namely, the Elan Sprint) could dash from 0-60 mph in just 6.6 seconds, which was seriously impressive back in 1973.

The Elan turned out to be a commercial success for Lotus, and quite possibly pulled the company back from the brink of bankruptcy despite modest production numbers. In total, just over 17,000 were built before production ended in 1973.

The Elan served as inspiration (and a role model) for Mazda’s original MX-5 Miata, a car that’s now gone on to become the best selling sports car in history. Lotus says the Elan influenced today’s Lotus Elise, too, although we have a hard time seeing the similarity between a front-engine, rear-drive roadster and a mid-engine, rear drive Targa, ourselves.

Today, you can still see the occasional Elan on the road or in SCCA Solo competition, proving how good Ron Hickman’s original design was. We tip our hats to Lotus on this occasion, and wish the Elan a very happy 50th birthday.

Lotus Elan to Roll Out During Fall 2013 with Rear-Wheel Drive Capabilities 1
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Lotus, Lotus Elan, Porsche-911, Rear-Wheel Drive, UK on 10 1st, 2010

Lotus has done a bit of improvement to the Elan of the early ’90s by sprinkling some rear-wheel drive capabilities and brought it anew.   A clear redone model, the new Lotus Elan comes powered by a mid-mounted 4.0-liter V6 engine with 450 PS (331 kW / 444 hp) and 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) of toque.

An expected rival to the Porsche 911, the new Lotus Elan comes with a seven-speed DCT transmission, which helps the 1,295 kg car to race from 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 310 km/h.  The Elan is to go on sale during the fall season of 2013, and might carry a tag of around £75,000 in the UK market.

Lotus is also bringing in a hybrid variant of the vehicle that would promise to cut CO2 emissions by as low as 199 g/km. Watch the video below: