Produced between nineteen sixty two and nineteen seventy five, the Lotus Elan line-up consists of a two door coupe and two door roadster. The initial Elan models were introduced within this time frame and are now commonly known as the sixties Elans to distinct the cars from the later nineteen nineties models when the marque was reborn. The Lotus Elan follows the trend of the Lotus cars model names which begin with the letter L.
The Elan roadster was the first in the Elan family, a two seater convertible. A year later a hardtop variation was also introduced, as well as a coupe in nineteen sixty five. The Elan was very lightweight, composed of a fiberglass body and a steel chassis, fitted with a one point six litre twin cam engine. The car was also made available as a kit car, allowing the purchaser to build the car. The Elan model succeeded the Lotus Elite, a car which was well styled but was criticized for its price and reliability (or lack of it).
Five years after the initial lunch of the Elan the Elan +2 was debuted. The new variation was fitted with two extra seats, heightening passenger experience and appealing to the family market. The wheel based had to be increased to allow for the additional two seats. The +2 variation is noted for its great styling, sensibleness yet great performance. The Elan was ceased in nineteen seventy three, and the +2 two years later in nineteen seventy five. Just over five thousand of the +2 models were produced, with less than a third still around today. The Elan +2 has become popular among classic car enthusiast and collectors due to its favorable characteristics.