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Lotus Elan S3


Produced: 1965-1968, 2650 produced.
Types: Sports
Lotus Elan S3 1024x768 (1966)

Lotus launched a legend in 1962, the Lotus Elan. Following on from the previous Elite model the new Elan offered improved handling, performance and had a less fragile feel to its overall design. Below the Elan bonnet sat a twin-cam four cylinder engine which would become a legend in its own right, powering other classic Lotus models including the Cortina sports-saloons.

Initially the Elan came as an open two seater, from 1964 a fixed head coupe was also available, both bodies being constructed from GRP and mounted on a separate chassis. In 1967 a new Elan 2+2 joined the range which offered more comfort in a classic GT format. Both models continued to sell well throughout the late-60's with various model changes (including the Elan Sprint and 2+2 130) and more powerful engines. 

Buyers Guide Lotus Elan featured in Practical Classics December 2009 – available from our sister site Bookbase. Click here to view.  Also: Buyers Guide Lotus Elan 1962 - 1973 featured in Practical Classics November 2005 – available from our sister site Bookbase. Click Here to view.

Source: Motorbase


1558ccS4 DOHCLotus (Ford) Twin-cam 1.682.55mm x 72.746mm9.5

Drivetrain and Suspension

DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension


Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
120 mph7.6 s0 s30 mpg105 bhp



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