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Lotus Elan + 2 '69


Reference ch1350
Make Lotus
Model Elan + 2 '69
Type coupe
Construction year 1969
KM 84278 miles
Cilinder displacement 1600
Gears manual
Steering left hand drive

The original Elan was introduced in 1962 as a roadster, although an optional hardtop was offered in 1963 and a coupé version in 1965. The two-seat Lotus Elan replaced the elegant, but unreliable and expensive to produce Lotus Elite.

It was the first Lotus road car to use a steel backbone chassis with a fibreglass body. the Elan embodied the Colin Chapman minimum weight design philosophy. Initial versions of the Elan were also available as a kit to be assembled by the customer. The Elan was technologically advanced with a twin-cam 1558 cc engine, 4-wheel disc brakes, and 4-wheel independent suspension. The Lotus-Ford Twin Cam engine was based on Ford's Pre-Cross-flow 4-cylinder 1500 cc engine, with a Lotus-inspired Cosworth alloy twin-cam head. This Lotus-Ford 4-cylinder engine would go on to be used in a number of Lotus production and racing models.

An Elan +2 was introduced in 1967 with a longer wheelbase and two more rear seats. The Elan +2 embodied the Lotus spirit: It was a fast and agile sport coupe, with very elegant lines. It combined the performance and reliability of the Elan "Coupe" with genuine 2+2 passenger comfort. The Elan ceased production in 1973 and the Elan +2 in 1975. An estimated total of 17,000 original Elans and Elans +2 were built. Because of its successful design and technological sophistication, the Elan went on to become Lotus' first commercial success, reviving a company stretched thin by the more exotic and less commercially successful Elite, and enabling funding of the Lotus success in racing over the next ten years.

  •  Specifications
  • Bodywork
  • Length : cm (in): 428 (168.5)
  • Width : cm (in): 168 (66.2)
  • Height : cm (in): 119 (47.1)
  • Wheelbase : cm (in) : 244 (96)
  • Weight: kg (lb) : 840 (1852)
  • Mechanics.
  • Displacement : straight four 1558 cc (95 ci), front mounted
  • Valve gear : 8
  • Fuel system : 2 Weber carburettors
  • Gearbox : 4 speed manual
  • Drive wheels : rear wheel drive
  • Maximum power : 118 bhp at 6250 rpm
  • Maximum torque : 152 Nm at 4600 rpm
  • Maximum speed : 195 km/h (121 mph)
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