Buying or Selling a 1959 Lotus Elite?


1959 Lotus Elite
1959 Lotus Elite

Known as the Type 14, the 1959 Lotus Elite was produced from 1958 to 1960 for the series 1, and from 1960 to 1963 for the series 2. The Elite was an ultra-light two-seat coupe using a highly innovative monococque fiberglass fabrication. A 1.2-liter, straight-four, all-aluminum engine powered the Lotus Elite Type 14 and generated an output of 75 hp. The car was advanced compared to similar sports cars of the era, featuring well-engineered equipment including all-around independent suspension and disc brakes. The Lotus Elite was very efficient on the road and on the track thanks to a very low drag coefficient of 0.29. The Lotus Elite was wearing an elegant and very fashionable body designed by Peter Kirwan-Taylor, combining smooth and simple lines with remarkable aerodynamics.


1959 Lotus Elite Seller’s Guide

One of the good practices when trying to sell a classic car is to give some details on the model including fun facts and special stories. An interesting fact worth mentioning about the Elite is that the car used glass-reinforced plastic material for the entire load-bearing structure of the car, unlike more modern vehicles such as the Corvette, which used fiberglass only for exterior bodywork. This made for a very light body but was also a fragile construction. If your model was well cared for and not involved in major accidents, don’t hesitate to let potential buyers know. In addition to providing tips and advice, the Alex Manos team is known for making top dollar offers on the spot for classics of all makes, models, and conditions. Be sure to call the team and ask for their quote on your 1959 Lotus Elite.



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