Lotus Elite Eclat and Excel

In turn, the Eclat spawned the Excel, the last of the Elite-inspired family. Matthew Vale looks at the history of these unusual Lotus models, and gives a thorough guide to buying and owning the cars today.

Lotus Elite  Eclat and Excel

Lotus Elite Eclat and Excel

Lotus introduced the Type 75 Elite in 1974. Being a full four-seater coupe with an opening glass tailgate, it was designed to carry a family in comfort while retaining Lotus' trademark, excellent road holding and handling. Perhaps most importantly, it was the first - and successful - step in Colin Chapman's plan to move upmarket and away from Lotus' kit car image. The Elite gave rise to two derivatives, the Eclat and the Excel. The Eclat was a restyled coupe version, sacrificing the Elite's unique rear styling and good rear passenger headroom for a more stylish exterior. With its conventional coupe styling, the Eclat was more mainstream than the Elite, and it was in the end the better seller. In turn, the Eclat spawned the Excel, the last of the Elite-inspired family. Matthew Vale looks at the history of these unusual Lotus models, and gives a thorough guide to buying and owning the cars today. Of interest to all motoring enthusiasts and Lotus owners in particular, it includes information on buying and owning the cars today, specifications, owner's experiences and technical information. Superbly illustrated with 130 colour photographs, both period and contemporary.

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Lotus Elite, Eclat and Excel
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Matthew Vale
Categories: Transportation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-02-29 - Publisher: Crowood

Lotus introduced the Type 75 Elite in 1974. Being a full four-seater coupe with an opening glass tailgate, it was designed to carry a family in comfort while retaining Lotus' trademark, excellent road holding and handling. Perhaps most importantly, it was the first - and successful - step in Colin
Lotus Elan, Europa, Elite, Eclat, Excel
Language: en
Pages: 114
Authors: Matthew Vale
Categories: Transportation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-02-01 - Publisher:

Books about Lotus Elan, Europa, Elite, Eclat, Excel
Lotus 2 + 2s
Language: en
Pages: 96
Authors: Matt Younger, Mike Younger
Categories: Transportation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-10-15 - Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

This engaging book follows the history of the Lotus 2 + 2 coupes from the Elan through to the Evora.
The Enthusiasts' Guide to Buying a Classic British Sports Car
Language: en
Pages: 184
Authors: Peter Hingston
Categories: Antique and classic cars
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007 - Publisher:

Books about The Enthusiasts' Guide to Buying a Classic British Sports Car
Lotus Elan
Language: en
Pages: 176
Authors: Matthew Vale
Categories: Transportation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-08-31 - Publisher: Crowood

The Lotus Elan was Lotus's definitive roadster. It replaced the elegant but expensive Lotus Elite and was the first car to employ the innovative Lotus steel backbone chassis. The original Elan was produced as a two-seat, open-top sportscar and hardtop coupe from 1962 to 1973. The range was extended by

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