Lotus Elite Review from North America

1974 Lotus Elite 2.0

Model year1974
Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Distance when acquired37000 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles
Previous carPorsche 928


Even gear-heads usually have no idea what it is; cool!


What remains of the car is still in good condition, but it's mostly stripped.

General Comments:

The plus side is that the car in stock form weighs not much more than 2000 lbs, and that includes the 200 lb air conditioner, which can be removed, along with the heavy front seats, etc.

This is a very fun ride lightened up, notwithstanding the mere 140hp motor. It really opens up at about 4000 rpm. It also handles very well, if you can ignore the fiberglass rattle and focus on how the car is actually performing.

The US spec carbs are lean-running Strombergs, so adjust richer for better performance.

The engine is interference, so monitor the timing belt constantly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th December, 2007