Launched in 1962, the Elan competed with cars like the AC Cobra, Ferrari GTO, and Jaguar E-Type. It offered the typical Lotus approach to a sports car: light weight with a modern design. The Elan came at a perfect time for the company, and its success carried Lotus out of an economical downturn.
Four-wheel disk brakes as well as a four-wheel independent suspension were both offered along with other luxury amenities like power windows, carpets and a heater.
Serving as an inspiration for the Mazda Miata and the spiritual predecessor to the Lotus Elise, the Elan design is still borrowed from today in some of our modern vehicles.
17,000 Lotus Elan’s were produced, and all of them are held as icons of the sixties, representing the the decade known for its free spirit.