V8 Engine Power: 1978 Lotus Elite

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!

From the seller:

1978 Chevrolet Lotus Elite
condition: excellent
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 123456
paint color: black
size: mid-size
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
type: hatchback


1978 Lotus Elite right hand drive with 1995 corvette LT1 350 with fresh rebuild and 4L60E trans. with Lokar shifter. Car has been completely rewired, new gauges, new tilt column, new fuel lines, stainless steel fuel tank, new aluminum radiator, vacuum pop-up headlights converted to electric, brakes completely rebuilt, headliner, door panels and carpet replaced, power windows, new tires and factory wheels powder coated, new exhaust. NO AC Very fast. $6500. I will not respond to “is this still available” if it’s listed it is still available.

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