About Lotus Elan
Born in the 1960s, the Lotus Elan was the preeminent British sports car of the decade. The imaginative shape of the steel backbone chassis creates a pretty body, which makes the vehicle a winner for regular drivers as well as racers. The first wave of Elans, from 1962 to 1973, were open-top two-seaters, as well as hardtops and coupes. The Lotus Elan 2, or Elan +2, from 1967 is an agile coupe with two rear seats. The second wave, the Lotus Elan M100 unveiled in 1989, is a two-seater convertible with manual transmission and a Japanese engine. Its body stays true to the original design, which means it still offers superior performance because of its low weight. With almost a million test miles spanning from the frozen Arctic to the stifling heat of Arizona, Lotus went to extraordinary lengths to ensure the mass-market M100 is ready for every eventuality when you hit the road. The spirit of the DIY auto mechanic was always part of the Lotus Elan philosophy, with early versions of the automobile sold as kits that the driver assembled. There are still plenty of parts available on eBay for auto enthusiasts, along with classic vehicles, vintage manuals, and scale models.