PRE OWNED CARS
LOTUS ELITE S2 SE (1960) - NOW SOLD
Red Body, White Roof
The SE was introduced in 1960 as a higher performance variant, featuring twin SU carburettors and fabricated exhaust manifold resulting in 85 BHP. ZF gearboxes were also fitted to the SE. A road car tested by The Motor magazine in 1960 had a top speed of 111.8 mph (179.9 km/h) and could accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 11.4 seconds. A fuel consumption of 40.5 miles per imperial gallon (6.97 L/100 km; 33.7 mpg-US) was recorded
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Making its debut at the 1957 London Motor Car Show, Earls Court, the Elite had spent a year in development, aided by “carefully selected racing customers”, before going on sale. The car had independent suspension all round with transverse wishbones at the front and Chapman struts at the rear. The rear struts were so long, that they poked up in the back and the tops could be seen through the rear window. Advanced aerodynamics also made a contribution, giving the car a very low drag coefficient of 0.29 – quite low even for modern cars. This accomplishment is all the more remarkable considering the engineers did not enjoy the benefits of computer-aided design or wind tunnel testing. The test car cost £1966 including taxes! Like its siblings, the Elite was run in numerous formulae, with particular success at Le Mans and the Nürburgring. Elites won their class six times at the 24 hour Le Mans race as well as two Index of Thermal Efficiency wins. This fine Elite comes complete with a comprehensive history file, which includes invoices for maintenance, historic tax discs and MOT certificates. For many years the attractive Elite has captured the imagination of classic car collectors, and it is now beginning to receive the recognition that it richly deserves.