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 […]