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Lotus Elite

1960 Lotus Elite and Seven Advertising Sports Car Illustrated July 1960

Lotus Elite 'Fastback'

1960 Cadillac - They simply do not make cars with the sort of "fancy and unique" designs they had back then.

1959 Lotus Elite It's not only pretty, it's also efficient, with a nearly impossible drag coefficient of 0.29 and stability in crosswinds and cornering that defied accepted standards. Power came from Chapman's favorite Coventry Climax engine, specially tailored to the Elite's needs and called the FWE, "Feather Weight Elite".

Lotus Elan back-bone chassis that joins engine, transmission, driveline, differential, and suspension components into a single structural assembly. The fiberglass body of the Elan is an independent structure, which carried its own loads, and was bolted as a completed unit to the assembled back-bone chassis.