Emerging in 1974, the Elite was the most controversial Lotus model up to this date. But it was also the most practical for obvious reasons. Colin Chapman, the owner and head of Lotus wanted to replace the old Elan Plus 2 model with a more modern, four-seat model. It would feature enough room for the passengers and more luggage space.
To do that, Chapman designed a wedge-shaped shooting brake that proved to be a quite capable as well as a usable sports car. Since it was a Lotus, it had a four-wheel independent suspension, high revving 155 HP engine and light construction that provided the perfect road holding.
Despite its styling, the Elite was surprisingly roomy inside and easy to live with. Of course, British cars from the ‘70s all suffered from various types of mechanical failures and the Elite was no exception. They ceased production in the early ‘80s after making more than 2,500 examples.