Lotus Elite Limited Edition
Launched in 1957 this all glass fibre monocoque did not go into full production until 1959 when the new factory at Cheshunt was opened. Coventry Climax supplied complete engines mated to BMCs B-series gearbox. The trimmed body shells were produced by Maximar, these can vary in width and length from each other. The Series 2 had bodies made to a high standard by Bristol with some interior changes. The SE version had more performance, up to 83bhp, and could also be specified with Stage II tuning. Due to difficulties in distribution and price the car was offered in component form in 1961. This is a book of contemporary road tests, specification and technical data, drivers impressions, racing, long term tests, history. 92 pages, 150 illus. SB.