Lotus Elan Turns 50

When talking about the swinging sixties, most people remember the dancing boots and the minidresses. However, if you’re a car guy, your recollections tend to be a bit different but equally exciting.
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The Lotus Elan was launched 50 years ago in 1962 at the British Motorshow. The little roadster came one year after Jaguar had launched the E-Type, but the AC Cobra and Ferrari GTO all belong to the same year of greats.

In the swinging sixties, this was a car ahead of its time. It was technically innovative with the first backbone tube chassis of any road car, a fiberglass body, four-wheel independent suspension, 670kg with a peachy power-to-weight ratio. You could also have some decent creature comforts - electric windows, carpets, a heater, and in vogue wooden fascia.
The revival of the Lotus Elan is on Lotus’s agenda, as a concept was shown at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. Still, with the way things are going, we wouldn’t sell the classic just yet.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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