- Body Color
- Engine Size
- 1588CC Turbocharged
- Transmission Type
- 5 Speed Manual
1991 Lotus Elan Convertible
1991 Lotus Elan Convertible
The Lotus Elan was the first Lotus road car to use a steel backbone chassis with a fiberglass body. This style of construction was to be repeated in subsequent Lotus models for nearly three decades. At approximately 1,500 lb, the Elan embodied Colin Chapman's minimum weight design philosophy. The Elan was technologically advanced with a DOHC 1,558 cc engine, four-wheel disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, and 4-wheel independent suspension. Gordon Murray, designer of the McLaren F1 supercar, reportedly said that his only disappointment with the McLaren F1 was that he could not give it the perfect steering of the Lotus Elan.
For consignment, a low mileage example, (a mere 3,591 actual miles), of the second generation of the Lotus Elan and this car is in convertible form. A 1558cc Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, wide stance and near perfect fiberglass body on a steel frame, and the low weight to power ratio, and it lives up to its name of energy, style and enthusiasm. Not unlike your friendly neighborhood Classic Auto Mall writer penning these words of wisdom!
Fiberglass and neoprene dyed in red covers the framing of this wide bodied sports car. Flip up dual headlights, a fiberglass top tonneau covering, small rear spoiler, and wrap around taillights with another body matching neoprene rear bumper, and we are primed for a curved tool through the countryside. Near perfection would describe the black canvas convertible top and of course a clear plastic rear window, the top seamlessly adheres to the fiberglass bodywork and operates very smoothly. Lightweight alloy Ruote O.Z. Wheels are wrapped by wide all-season rubber all around. Now we give you this AACA 3 badge winner that is scoring 400 points!
In typical British style we expect an encounter black leather accenting the door panels which are plenty of molded plastic. Black pulls and actuators and some stitched leather panel inserts for the door pull cove, and charcoal gray carpeting below. Inside smooth black leather rounded top high back buckets create the passenger and driver seating. In the center a console races forward and houses a glovebox, handbrake, window toggles, mirror controls, and leather booted gear shift. Black molded padded plastic provides the design for the curvaceous dash which has black faced orange lettered and numbered instruments. In the center dash rising from the console are the temp dials, various buttons for functions, and a Sony AM/FM/Multiple CD player. Just above the vents are a lineup of round black bezel black faced orange hash marked gauges to keep track of all the vitals as you speed around the countryside. Charcoal gray carpeting covers all the floors.
Under the hood squeezed to the back of the engine bay for weight distribution, is a 1558cc Turbocharged 4-cylinder Isuzu/Lotus engine. It has DOHC 16 valve performance, and on the back is a 5-speed manual transmission throwing power to the 3.833 geared axle. All within a pristine clean non corroded engine bay.
Pressed steel with some red overspray for the factory is seen for the underbody. Independent suspension all around and power disc braking is very adequate. A single shiny exhaust is seen, and all is well underneath.
Despite the cold temps I put every top down particularly on these British sports cars, even if I have to don my beret and gloves, it enhances the experience. Call me a die hard, and it was worth it for this drive as it performed in a cracking manner. All functions were working as they should, and the car presents with a nice throaty exhaust.
Low miles, low weight to power ratio, fiberglass body, convertible, wood stance, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, and it's a Lotus! Don't dally for this one as it's gonna go fast, nearly as fast as it handled the test track. Cheerio!
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