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1962 Lotus Elite

Powered by the Coventry Climax FWE 1216 cc producing around 85 BHP at 6100 rpm and utilizing a 4 speed ZF gearbox and combined with disc brakes all round and coil spring suspension, it is no wonder that when the Lotus Elite was unveiled in 1957 at the Earls Court Motor Show it was conceptually miles ahead of its time. Colin Chapman's fascination with fibreglass reinforced resin as a potential structural material, combined with a conviction that separation of chassis and bodyshell was a waste of...

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Lotus Elite
Beautiful, amazing chassis, and uncorrupted steering, a driver's car almost beyond compare
Noisy, cramped and patchily-built

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