1960 Lotus Elite 2 - today's tempter

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Lightweight exotic

If you were a fan of Lotus and wanted a car that epitomises founder Colin Chapman’s credo of light weight equals performance, a first generation Elite would be perfect.

The tiny two seater runs steel subframe work, however it’s bonded to a load-bearing fibreglass monocoque construction and claims a kerb weight of just 505kg.

That lot is powered by a 1.2lt Coventry Climax engine matched to a four-speed manual transmission.

The date of this example places it at midway through the car’s production. It’s owner says it has had a comprehensive restoration that has won club awards.

Located at Ipswich in Qld, it’s priced at $135,000

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