Back in 1962, Lotus created the first Elan, a sweet-handling roadster with composite body panels fixed to a steel backbone chassis. Almost 30 years later, the Elan was back, in M100 form, with a whole new lease on life.
Penned by Peter Stevens, designer of the legendary McLaren F1, the Elan M100 is a wee clipped wedge-on-wheels that looks as lovely today as it did when new.
At the time, parent-company General Motors poured development funds into getting the new Elan launched. This meant the latest Lotus was far more thoroughly engineered than any model before it.
Choosing Isuzu for their reliable DOHC inline-four powertrain, Lotus set to work punching up the performance and fine-tuning the handling.
The Elan would become the only front-wheel-drive Lotus ever produced. With a patented alloy front subframe and lightweight components, the Elan delighted critics the world over. It is a true enthusiast special.