96 1976 Lotus Elite MILEAGE. 98,290 $7,000 - $9,000
Although retaining the Lotus philosophies of lightweight construction and sporting engines, the company did demonstrate a completely new line of cars in 1976 with the introduction of the Elite. Putting aside its fabulous overall aesthetic, the Elite was powered by an in-line, dual overhead cam, four-cylinder, 1,973cc engine, with 155bhp at 6,500rpm, that linked into a five-speed 86
manual gearbox; the Elite was a well-heeled machine capable of more than 200kph Front coil springs and A-arms, rear coil springs and trailing arms ensured reasonable handling. Front and rear discs ensured good stopping power. Regarding general performance, the Elite is notable in that the stock curb weight is not much over 907kg. Once the motor reaches its power band, both
acceleration and handling are impressive. In recent years, the engine has had new rings, and big bearings and clutch plates have been replaced. Gearbox bearings and synchro cones have also been replaced. This vehicle comes with a factory workshop manual.
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