Mike in his Elan

1991 Lotus Elan M100

It was my reliable daily driver for several years and I only stopped using it for that when I got my Elise.

Lotus cars are always extremely fun, but this one is a lot more comfortable and a lot more safe than most Lotuses thanks to GM investing in making a car they'd be happy with for mass production. 

39,000 Miles

I also have the original keychain, dealer promotional pack and press pack for the car.

It's had dealer maintenance and the following non-scheduled items:

The mechanicals were just refreshed at the local dealer last Summer.The following are items that still need work:

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 M100 Elan Specifications:

1.6 litre(1588 cc), in-line 4-cylinder, 16 valve, DOHC, turbocharged "Isuzu-Lotus" engine with sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection. Bore/Stroke: 80.0mm/79.0mm, with 8.5 to 1 compression, transversely mounted

5-speed manual

Rack and pinion with power assist

Steel backbone chassis bolts rigidly to body shell structure and incorporates rear suspension mounting points. Front underframe bolts onto front of backbone frame and incorporates front suspension mounting points. Multi-piece bonded, riveted, and bolted GRP and steel composite structure.

Front Suspension:
"Interactive Wishbone”: - interactive by unequal length wishbones, coil springs and dampers, and anti-roll bar.with the entire suspension system dynamically attached to the front “raft” subrfame.

Rear Suspension:
Independent by upper links and lower wishbone, coaxial coil springs and dampers, and anti-roll bar.

10" diameter ventilated discs in front, 9.3" diameter solid discs in rear

Aluminum alloy 16" and Goodyear GS-D

Length: 381 cm
Width: 171 cm
Height: 123 cm
Wheelbase: 225 cm
Tread f/r: 149 cm/149 cm
Weight: 1025 kg
Fuel capacity: 47 L

Maximum Power 162 bhp (SAE) @ 6600 rpm
Maximum Torque 148 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm
Maximum Speed 137 mph
0-60 in 6.7 seconds
Coefficient of drag: .34

Standard Equipment:
Leather-rimmed steering wheel, allow wheels, central power door locking, electric windows, electronically-adjustable and heated door mirrors, leather upholstery, bronze-tinted glass, remote fuel-filler door release, AM/FM cassette with power antenna, air conditioning, laminated windscreen, driver's side supplemental restraint system (airbag)

EPA Fuel Economy:
City Driving 24 mpg, Highway Driving 31 mpg


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