April 12, 2013 7:06 PM |
Posted By: Matthew Hayward
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The M100 Elan has always been a favourite of mine for some time. The idea of a front-wheel drive Lotus, or even sports car, doesn’t sit too well with a lot of enthusiasts but I've never had an issue with the concept. What Lotus did with the Elan was create a simple, low-power and lightweight roadster – the result of which is simply one of sweetest handling front-drivers of all time. A shame they never followed it up really, and the first front-wheel-drive Lotus would also be the last...
It was offered with a choice of either 130bhp normally-aspirated or 165bhp turbocharged 1.6 four-cylinder engines, both from Japanese manufacturer Isuzu. The truth of the matter is that nearly all of them were the full-fat Turbo SE versions. Okay, it’s not particularly powerful, but with a 0-60mph time of 6.5 seconds it’s hardly a slouch.
While browsing forsale.evo.co.uk, I came across one of the cleanest examples of the breed that I’ve seen for a while from Lotus specialists Silverlink. This white example comes with a modest 46,899 miles, one owner from new and a full Lotus dealer service history. What more could you ask for?
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