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Extreme: ’05 Lotus Elise Supercharged

2005 Lotus Elise pro

The low-riding Lotus Elise is as extreme as a Dodge Viper, so says CNN.  CNN was commenting on Hagerty’s choices for future collectibilty of contemporary cars. But we think what they meant is what a Viper does with brute force, the Elise does with lightness and precision. We feature them from time ot time because one of our loyal readers knows them better than anyone. Read More


“Peeling” out: ’65 Lotus Elan Series 2

65 Lotus Elan Series 2

This is the essential 1960s British sports car – the tiny Lotus Elan – and it remains a benchmark for nimble handling. With its pop-up headlights, curved windshield, and roll-up windows, it was a symbol of Swinging London. So hip the cat-suited character Emma Peel in The Avengers television series, chose to drive an Elan to emphasize her vitality and independence. That could be said of anyone who wants a Lotus Elan. It will also signal that person is under 5′ 10″ tall. Read More


A real lightweight: ’60 Lotus Elite Coventry Climax

'60 Lotus Elite Coventry Climax

This is what we love about Mint. We get to see some amazing cars and write about them. Many cars don’t require much research and others, like this Lotus, are a pleasure to study and write about. The Elite was conceived with competition in mind.  Colin Chapman wanted class wins at Le Mans and other international events. The Elite featured a fiberglass monocoque body tub, independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Its engine was the 4-cylinder Coventry-Climax FWE, a single-overhead-cam unit of 1,216 cc producing 75 hp, with an MG A gearbox unit. The body, penned by Peter Kirwan-Taylor and aerodynamicist Frank Costin, didn’t devote much time or effort in driver comfort, but sought really low drag coefficients that helped produce 112 mph top speeds.  Read More


SOLD Watch out Superman: ’06 Lotus Elise HRM Edition

06 Lotus Elise HRM

We are told there is a good word that sums up the Elise, and that word is ‘connected’. In a world where cars are more and more divorced from both driver and road, the lightweight Elise is a sportscar that still delivers the best seat-of-the-pants feel this side of a Caterham. It’s a hoot. For pure sports-car thrills, it’s in the top five most-entertaining cars available. Read More


Monaco Sprint: ’72 Lotus Elan Sprint S4

Lotus Elan

When you hear Lotus, you think of all of the innovation Colin Chapman brought to the art of sports car manufacturing. It became the essential British Sports Car of the ’60s. Light weight, a reasonably stiff backbone chassis, a willing twin-cam engine and a perfectly tuned suspension translated into loads of fun…if you were under 6 feet tall. Elans are pretty small. At 1420 pounds it could sprint to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. Not too shabby. Read More