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1962-1971 LOTUS Elan DHC specifications

1962-1971 LOTUS Elan DHC specifications Classic and Performance Car

The lightweight sports car against whose handling all other would be measured for decades. All-independent suspension on a backbone chassis was the stuff of genius, and makes the indifferent fit and finish of the glassfibre bodies almost irrelevant. Gradually improved through four series, each of which outsold the last: S2 gained larger front brake calipers; S3 (from 1966) has frames for the windows, centre lock alloy wheels and a higher final drive ratio; S4 got a bonnet bulge to cover its twin Stromberg carbs, but reverted to Webers in late 1969. SE means 115bhp and close-ratio ‘box.

Production

  • Production:
    12,200 (all Elans)
  • Price at launch:
    £1,499
  • Price (excellent)
    £17,000
  • Price (good):
    £14,000
  • Price (average):
    £8,500
  • Price (project):
    £4,250

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    8.0secs
  • Top speed:
    110.0mph
  • Power:
    100.0bhp
  • Torque:
    102.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    29.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil springs
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, coil springs
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3689mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2134mm
  • Width:
    1422mm
  • Height:
    1105mm
  • Weight:
    585kgs

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