Lotus - Lotus Elite

The original Lotus Elite, with bodywork penned by Peter Kirwan Taylor, was available from 1958. It had a stressed skin fibreglass monocoque unibody construction, to which everything bolted to. The cars were available for assembly by the customer also, to avoid the punitive purchase tax on new cars. The first cars had bodywork teething troubles which got solved when bodywork manufacture was taken over by Bristol Aviation. For 1960 a higher performance Elite SE was introduced, which was more powerful version of the Coventry Climax sohc 1216 cc FWE engine, now fitted with a ZF gearbox. A higher compression Super 95 was also available. The race version of the Elite were fitted with Weber carburettors. The original Lotus Elite (Type 14) was produced until 1963, although the Elite name was used on subsequent Lotus models.

Tyre size for the Lotus Eite was originally 4.80x15 fitted to a 41/2 J wheel. This is equivalent to radial tyre size 155R15. Blockley produces the perfect high speed rated 155HR15 tyre size, with steel belt construction and perfect period correct tread pattern. See full details below:


Blockley Products for Lotus Lotus Elite

15/16 inch Rim Band (45mm wide)

Blockley Rim Band

£3.30 (£3.96 inc. VAT)

155HR15

Blockley Radial

£99.00 (£118.80 inc. VAT)