Heading upmarket with this four-seater coupe was a brave move for Lotus
In an effort to shed its kit-car image, Lotus took a giant leap upmarket in 1974 with the Elite – a four-seater coupé with an opening glass tailgate. In concept the Elite owed much to the Reliant Scimtar GTE, even if it was less obviously a shooting brake. The all-new 2.0-litre Lotus twin-cam Type 921 first appeared in the Jensen-Healey but, by the time Lotus started selling it in its own cars, most of the teething problems had been sorted. Expanded to 2.2 litres from 1980, with the same peak power output but more torque. A Getrag five-speed gearbox was also fitted from this point.