Lotus Elite, One of the Greatest Lotus Inventions

Lotus Elite (Type 14) Two-Seater


Lotus is one of the most prestigious British car manufacturers, and the Lotus Elite is one of the company’s amazing sports car that was launched at the London Motor Show. The main innovation of the Lotus Elite was its fiberglass monocoque construction.  This ultra-light two-seater coupé had a 1.2 L Coventry Climax Straight-4 engine which produced 105 hp. Also, it had a 4-speed manual transmission and independent suspension.

The Lotus Elite had great success in the 24 hours of Le Mans, winning the race six times. Besides Le Mans, the Lotus Elite has won numerous other races and championships, like the Australian GT Championship in 1960.

Lotus Elite Four-Seat (Types 75 and 83)


In 1974 Lotus produced the Lotus Elite Type 75 that was a 4-seat sports car. This 2-door hatchback used fiberglass for the hatchback body shell. With a 2-liter four-cylinder powerful engine, the Type 75 produced 155 hp.  With both options -5 speed manual transmission and 3 speed automatic transmission- the Lotus Type 75 and 83 had independent suspension. The Lotus Elite Types 75 and 83 was produced until 1982.

At Sports Car Craftsmen we Specialize in the Service, Repair And Restoration Of Lotus Vintage Classics Cars

At Sports Car Craftsmen we have a passion for British Classics Sports Cars and we know Lotus owners love their car and appreciate the history of where it comes from.  This is why our shop provides the best service for Lotus and all vintage British Sports Cars in Colorado.


We can help you with whatever you need for your Lotus, from a simple tune-up and oil change, to engine rebuilds or a full-scale restoration. We’ve been in Denver since 1998, providing repair and restoration services for Lotus, MG, Triumph, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Sunbeam, Rover and Classic Mini Morris cars from the 1940-70s.

Our schedule is Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm – Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Or call us: (303) 422-9272 to schedule an appointment.


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