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Lotus Six (1953-1956) specifications

This lightweight weekend racer is where it all started for Lotus


Intended as a street-legal weekend racer, the predecessor to the legendary Seven uses a lightweight spaceframe clothed in alloy panels (often left bare) and fitted with Ford brakes and rear axle. All were sold in kit form, so specification can vary widely from car to car. Most commonly used engines were Ford, either in sidevalve 1172cc or OHV 1500 form, though some are known to have been fitted with 1250cc MG units. In all cases the lack of weight means they provide a lot more fun and performance than you might expect.

Production

  • Production:
    100
  • Price at launch:
    £185
  • Price (excellent)
    £45,000
  • Price (good):
    £30,000
  • Price (average):
    £17,000
  • Price (project):
    £12,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    14.7secs
  • Top speed:
    93.0mph
  • Power:
    40.0bhp
  • Torque:
    52.0lb/ft

Engine

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

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Beam axle, coil spring
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-Engine RWD
  • Bodyframe:
    spaceframe
  • Transmission:
    Three-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3073mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2210mm
  • Width:
    1308mm
  • Height:
    778mm
  • Weight:
    432kgs

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