Lotus Elan Series 3, 1966
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Lotus Elan Series 3, 1966

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Lotus Elan Series 3, année 1966. Couleur bleu métallique avec un intérieur noir. Le Lotus Elan est mondialement reconnu par les connaisseurs et les conducteurs comme étant la voiture de sport classique la mieux adaptée à la route. Le faible poids de seulement 670 kilogrammes (corps en plastique renforcé de fibre de verre monté sur un châssis central) combiné à un puissant moteur de 125 ch et à une tenue de route splendide ont donné naissance à une voiture de sport compacte et spectaculaire. Ce merveilleux exemple a été avec un propriétaire pendant trente ans ! La voiture fut restaurée détaillée dans les années 1980 et elle fut entretenue très bien depuis. Cette Lotus Elan est dans un excellent état avec quelques légères traces d'utilisation et la voiture a parcouru 85.300 kilomètres de la nouvelle. Le Lotus a participé à plusieurs événements historiques comme le Rallye des tulipes et le rallye SLS. La voiture est équipée d'un panneau de commande spécial d'un tableau de bord, d'un ‘roll-bar’, de demi-arbres forgés spéciaux, de joints en U (au lieu des joints Flex-Donut), d'un échappement spécial, Willans harnais de sécurité à quatre points et nouvelles jantes en alliage de 13 pouces de 5,5 po avec écrous de roue «knock-off». C'est un très sportif, superbement maniable, et très recherché Lotus Elan Series 3 !

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Colin Chapman is one of the big names in the history of car engineering. His firm Lotus Engineering Company creates racing and sportscars which form a class of their own. Lotus cars are fitted with relatively small engines but because of the low weight and the superb road holding capabilities they are extremely competitive. Starting with the Lotus Elite the firm used GRP to produce the car bodies. The lotus Elite was the first car with a unitary bodywork construction of GRP. The later Lotus models were given a strong steel backbone chassis.
The Elite was introduced in the year 1958. In the year 1962 the Lotus Elan saw the light of day. The Lotus Elan was styled by Ron Hickman. The car was very compact and lightweight but it was spacious enough for two tall persons. The Lotus Elan was available as fixed head coupe and as convertible. The Elan featured state of the art technology. The four cylinder in-line engine came from Ford (the Kent engine which was also used in racing competitions) and was extensively modified by the Lotus engineers. A special Lotus cylinder head with double overhead camshafts was used (twin cam). The suspension was independent all round and the car was fitted with disc brakes all round.

From 1962 until 1971 the Elan series 1 up to series 4 were built. Every series incorporated small technical or exterior changes. The S2 was given larger front brake calipers, the fantastic (optional) centre-lock wheels and a veneer dashboard. The S3 featured framed power windows, a higher final drive ratio and a better hood for the convertible. The S4 was given wider wheel arches and new dashboard switches. Additionally the optional servo brakes and the centre-lock wheels became standard equipment.
In the year 1971 the Lotus Elan Sprint was presented; the Sprint was lighter, more powerful and faster! The ultimate Lotus Elan was born! The car was given the ‘big valve’ Lotus engine with a capacity of 126 bhp. With a weight of 558 kg. the Elan Sprint was an astonishing driver car. The ultimate in it’s days! In total 17.000 Lotus Elan’s were built. The Elan Sprint coupe is scarce; only 1353 ever left the factory. The Elan Sprint convertible even harder to find, only 900 of these beauties were built between 1971 and 1973.
The current Lotus Elise may be seen as the true predecessor of the Lotus Elan.

Technical data

4 cylinder in-line engine (twin cam)
two Weber DCOE 40 carburettors
cylinder capacity: 1557 cc.
capacity: 126 bhp. at 6500 rpm.
torque: 153 at 5500 rpm.
gearbox: 4-speed, manual
top-speed: 195 km/h. - 121 mph.
acceleration 0-100 km/h: 7 sec.
brakes: disc brakes all round
independent suspension all round
weight: 685 kg.

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