The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a Lotus Elite 1. We make the process of selling your Lotus Elite 1 quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The Lotus Elite was built by the British automaker Lotus Cars, in three generations. The first generation Elite was called the Type 14 and was built from 1957 to 1963. The second generation cars included the Type 75 and later Type 83 and ran from 1974 to 1982. A concept car from 2010 also carried the Elite model name.
The first generation Elite cars, also called the “Elite 1” or “Type 14,” are the most sought after by collectors. It was powered by a 125 horsepower 1,216 cc SOHC inline four-cylinder engine. It got its fuel from two Weber 40 DCOE carburettors. It used a four-speed manual ZF transmission. It handled quite well, thanks to its independent front suspension with double wishbones and coil springs, independent rear suspension with Chapman struts and coil springs. Four-wheel disc brakes were standard.
The body was unique in that it utilized glass-reinforced plastic material for the entire load-bearing structure of the car. The front section of the monocoque incorporated a steel subframe. This supported the engine and front suspension. This made for an extremely light car, with a total curb weight of 503.5 kg or 1,110 lb. This allowed Lotus to get sportscar performance with a small engine.
The first 250 cars made in this way had manufacturing defects, so the production contract was given to the Bristol Aeroplane Company. The Chief Aerodynamic Engineer for the de Havilland Aircraft Company also contributed to the final design. The newer cars had better stiffness and driver protection.