This 1974 Lotus Elite comes from the first year of Type 75 production and is powered by a 2.0L DOHC inline-four mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It is one of around 2,535 examples built between 1974 and 1982 and was recently acquired by the selling dealer, who describes the car as a running and driving project with some mechanical needs. This Type 75 Elite is now being offered at no reserve with a clear North Carolina title.
The Elite features a fiberglass body over a steel backbone tube chassis with a 98” wheelbase. The red finish on this example is shown up close in the gallery, and the seller notes that the headlights are stuck in the up position.
Factory 14” alloy wheels wear Doral tires date-coded from 2016 and are equipped with solid disc brakes up front and inboard-mounted drums out back. An independent suspension with coil springs came standard, and each corner is pictured below.
Black vinyl seats with fabric inserts are joined by matching carpets, a 2-spoke steering wheel, and faux-wood trim. Seam separation is noted on the driver’s seat cushion.
A Blaupunkt cassette stereo is mounted in the dash, and factory Smiths instrumentation includes a 140-mph speedometer as well as a tachometer. Under 25k miles are shown on the 5-digit odometer, though total mileage is unknown.
Under the front-hinged hood, the Type-907 2.0-liter inline-four is coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The car is said to run and drive, though the date of its last service is unknown.
The seller notes a vibration when accelerating and states that many suspension components need replacing. Additional photos of the underside are viewable in the gallery below.