Lotus

Field of Dreams: $300 1970 Lotus Elan

Sometimes, what’s in the background is more interesting (or at least, just as interesting) as the car itself. In the case of this very sad 1970 Lotus Elan, it seems to be one of several sports cars languishing in… more»

Rebuild Project: 1985 Lotus Esprit Turbo

The classic Lotus Esprit is just one of those cars that stops me in my tracks whenever I see one. It’s so much lower and wedge-ier than you expect, even knowing full well that you have to be a… more»

Are You Brave Enough? 1972 Lotus Europa Project

This is a 1972 Lotus Europa project. The car is not drivable as it currently does not have an engine and is completely disassembled.  The owner says all the parts are there with the exception of an engine. The… more»

BF Auction: 1966 Lotus Elan S/E

UPDATE – We have added a video of the engine running and a photo of the engine number below. We can also confirm that the original top, side bows, and tonneau are with the car. A replacement top is… more»

Turbocharged Driver: 1985 Lotus Esprit

This 1985 Lotus Esprit Turbo has been nicely refreshed by its current owner who has seemingly done the work necessary to bring it back to reliable running condition. Now, it only has 63,000 miles on the clock but common… more»

Rarely Seen Roadster: 1991 Lotus Elan M100

Here’s a car plenty of us remember but don’t see much of anymore: the 1991 Lotus Elan M100. This modern classic roadster epitomized the lightweight recipe Colin Chapman made a priority on the earliest Lotus road cars, but with… more»

Back to Black: 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo

Say hello to trouble. This 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo is located in Hixson, Tennessee, and is advertised here on eBay. $24,900 takes it home, though this isn’t the kind of car you’d introduce to your mother.

Needs Finishing: 1974 Lotus Europa

Many people have discussed the late Colin Chapman’s design philosophy of “simplify, then add lightness.” While it brought him significant motorsport success, it also led to a situation where some drivers refused to slip behind the wheels of his… more»

155 hp DOHC! 1974 Lotus Elite Type 75

In 1974, Lotus Cars was looking to change up its image and created a 4-seat sports/touring auto called the Elite Type 75 (later replaced by the Type 83). These cars were produced through 1982 and are not a common… more»

Black Beauty: 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo

When I was 14, most days I’d walk home from school. We lived just a little too close for bus service, which meant that it was just under two miles each way. But I always looked forward to the… more»

No Reserve Exotica: 1988 Lotus Esprit SE

IT can be enormously tempting to buy a cheap exotic car, especially when values seem to be trending upwards no matter where you look. That’s certainly the case here with this project-grade 1988 Lotus Esprit SE that the seller… more»

Trend Setter: 1974 Lotus Europa Twin Cam

As Lotus put it, “…the one with the engine where the GP cars put it.” The Europa was an eye-opener upon its introduction in 1966, not for its unusual body style as much for the location of its engine… more»

Almost Finished: 1971 Lotus Europa 2

The Lotus Europa was an English-built mid-engine GT sports car. Several variants were produced between 1966-75, including this Series 2 edition from 1971. This version was completely restored three years ago but the reassembly process wasn’t quite completed. The… more»

Real 1957 Lotus Eleven Club!

If you’ve never experienced a Lotus, you are missing out on one of the automotive world’s truly special driving experiences. They aren’t the fastest cars ever built, but their simplicity and lightness make for some incredibly fun driving. Of… more»

27k Barn Find: 1983 Lotus Esprit Turbo

The angular lines and sharp edges leave you with no doubt that what we are looking at here is a Lotus Esprit. Our feature car is a 1983 Esprit Turbo, and the seller discovered it hidden away in a… more»

Turbocharged!? 1965 Lotus Elan Coupe

As a huge Lotus fan, when reader Chris C’s collection of cars crossed my desk, I knew I had to do a feature on his Elan. He also submitted his Europas, which you can find here in the BF… more»