The Laser 917 won’t be the fastest car at the next Supercars and Coffee, or at the track, or at the next vintage Beetle club meeting…but it will be the coolest looking rebody of a Beetle you’ll find for less than $10k. Find this 1970 Elite enterprises laser 917 offered for $8000 in Granite Falls, […]
(by PhiLOL) Designed by Americans for Americans in the nation’s epicenter for automotive design, Minnesota, the Elite Enterprises Laser served as a continuation of the venerable Porsche 917. It maintained the aesthetics of the Porsche racer while incorporating considerably improved engineering, such as the elimination of excess cylinders to reduce weight. This particular example’s provenance […]
The Lotus Elite had the distinct honor of being the world’s most expensive 4-cylinder powered vehicle when it was launched in 1974…but this next version is no ordinary Elite. Not that there is ANYTHING ordinary about the front-engine 2+2 shooting brake that looks like a Pinto Wagon that has been restyled by extraterrestrials. This next one has a GM LT1 V8 shoved up front and it might look familiar to you because we featured it Dec of 2020. Find this 1991 Lotus Elite offered for $6,200 in Lexington, SC via myface friendsterbook. Tip from Mark.
The Lotus Elite had the distinct honor of being the world’s most expensive 4-cylinder powered vehicle when it was launched in 1974. The fiberglass body mounted on a steel backbone chassis was an evolution of the Europa…but it took a turn in the other direction by being front-engine. The end result is a car that isn’t quite as mid-engine tight as the Europa, but with engine bay room that makes it way easier to convert into a V8 powered beast. Find this 1978 Lotus Elite offered for $6,500 in Lexington, SC via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The other day I witnessed a late model Crown Victoria driving down the road that was so low it grounded out on a small bump in the road — something that would have barely been noticed in a stock 65 Buick. And it got me thinking that the modern slammed stance stuff is strange…and then I remembered that there was a time when a modified car would have been jacked up and was probably equally annoying to drive…which takes us to this next beast which is a sweet ode to the stance of the 70s. Find this 1974 Ford Gran Torino Elite offered for $7000 in Thomaston, GA via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.
You might look at this car and ask “what is it?” But the better question is — “what isn’t it?” and “why wouldn’t you daily drive it?” Because the world doesn’t need yet another new crossover almost-wagon/almost-car with a perplexing name like the BMW X2 M235i…(which I spotted on the road today and had to […]
Have you ever sat in your driveway and looked at two cars and thought…what would it look like if I combined these two? Yeah, me too. And probably the designer of this next car..who clearly was inspired to combine the front end of a Triumph TR7 with rear end of an AMC Gremlin…which really isn’t […]
In the 1970s, Lotus combined door-wedge styling and hatchback versatility around classic Lotus bones to create the nerd-chic Elite. Unlike a Lotus, it was quite usable, and the glass-reinforced fiberglass body was way ahead of the Europa’s. But typical for a Lotus, rust and electrical failure tend to ruin the experience. Besides having wheels that […]
The Lotus Elite was a shooting brake style beast that was the world’s most expensive 4-cylinder car when launched and is now traded on the weekends for a sizable Beanie Baby collection. Swap in a Chevrolet V8, slap some nasty customized trim and scare the neighbors with one like this. Find this 1976 Lotus Elite […]
Are you searching for an oddball weekend car that won’t cost you a fortune to buy or maintain, but want others to think it does? Look no further than the Lotus Elite, a shooting brake style beast that was the world’s most expensive 4-cylinder car when launched and is now traded on the weekends for […]