Learning About Lotus Classic Cars

Lotus Engineering has been manufacturing spiffy sport coupes since 1953. Many Formula One drivers earned championships behind the steering wheels of this iconic racing marque. Whether you’re looking for a Lotus Elan for sale, a Lotus Excel for sale, or a Lotus Eclat for sale, you’ll find affordably priced options on eBay.

Lotus models

The list of Lotus models is long and includes discontinued models as well as models that are still being manufactured. Some models include the following:

  • Lotus Elite: The first generation Lotus Elite was manufactured from 1957 to 1963; it was a lightweight coupe that used fibreglass for exterior bodywork and other load-bearing structures. The second-generation Lotus Elite was manufactured from 1974 to 1982; it was a four-seater, and its fibreglass body shell was mounted over a steel chassis.
  • Lotus Europa: The original Lotus Europa was a GT coupe whose engine was placed behind the passenger compartment; it was manufactured between 1966 and 1975. Lotus Engineering revived the name for a series of cars manufactured between 2006 and 2010 that featured an enhanced 2-litre engine capable of reaching speeds of 230 kilometres per hour.
  • Lotus Elan: Lotus Engineering marketed two-seater and four-seater sports coupes under the Elan marque between 1962 and 1975. Between 1989 and 1995, the name was repurposed for another line of two-seaters.
  • Lotus Excel: The Lotus Excel was a front-engined sports coupe with rear-drive that was manufactured between 1982 and 1992.
  • Lotus Eclat: The Lotus Eclat, which was built between 1975 and 1982, shared many features with the Lotus Elite, but it had an aluminium chassis and considerably more cargo room.
  • Lotus Elise: The Lotus Elise is a two-seater roadster with rear-drive and a rear engine. Production on this model began in 1994, and it’s still being manufactured today.
  • Lotus Exige: Lotus Exiges are two-seater sports coupes that use six-cylinder engines. This marque is available both as a convertible and as a standard rooftop.
  • Lotus Evora: Lotus Engineering’s entry into the electric car market is the Evora.
What kinds of engines do Lotus cars use?

In 2005, Lotus Engineering began equipping its Elise, Exige, and Evora with Toyota engines. Prior to that, the company manufactured its own proprietary engines.

What to consider when buying a used Lotus Eclat

You may want to check accident reports to make sure the vehicle hasn’t incurred structural damage. Since the Eclat has fibreglass bodywork and an aluminium chassis, repairs can be costly.