Classic Car Catalogue

Lotus 1974

Elan Plus 2S - discontinued (1967-74 - 5200 ex.)
Elite - May

Great Britain

Europa Special 5-speed gearbox standardised in March.
The all new Elite is powered by a new four-in-line 16-valve 2ohc engine with aluminium cylinder block located in the front and driving rear wheels through a newly-developed five-speed gearbox. The all-independent suspension on coils springs all around is unusually soft for a Lotus. 98-inch wheelbase steel backbone chassis supporting a rather large, sharp-edged sporting estate/hatchback fiberglass body. Flip-up headlights, 2+2 seating arrangement, all new fascia and instrument cluster, plush and comfort - a new Lotus for 1970's.


Elan Plus 2S

Elan +2S 130 (R4 cyl, 1558 cc, 136 bhp) - discontinued
   Coupé (wb: 96 in.)



Special (R4 cyl, 1558 cc, 136 bhp)



Elite (R4 cyl, 1973 cc, 160 bhp)
   Hatchback (wb: 98 in)


72E (F-1) (Ford-Cosworth V8, 2993cc)
76 (F-1) (Ford-Cosworth V8, 2993cc) - this year only
   Ronnie Peterson (1)
   Jacky Ickx (2)
   Tim Schenken (31)

3rd (J. Ickx) Brazilian GP (Lotus 72)
1st (R. Peterson) Monaco GP (Lotus 72)
1st (R. Peterson) French GP (Lotus 72)
3rd (J. Ickx) British GP (Lotus 72)
1st (R. Peterson) Italian GP (Lotus 72)
3rd (R. Peterson) Canadian GP (Lotus 72)

The new Formula 1 Lotus 76 has an electronically operated clutch. The car took part in seven races this year with the best result being 4th at the the GP in Germany. The project was abandoned in favour of keeping the 72 competitive.

Ronnie Peterson in the Lotus 72E duting practice for British GP at Brands Hatch.