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Another Type 75 Elite restoration

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I recently acquired this '74 Elite (serial number 102B) and will start "restoration" (really just a freshening up) this summer.

I lucked out in that the previous owner *just* rebuilt the engine and carbs, and a few other sundries. It needs transmission work, seats redone, and a general once-over, but isn't too far off the mark as it sits.

Mine runs the S2 bumpers (with Rover SD1 tail lights) and Dellorto carbs (I thought the US cars came with Strombergs?)

For what it's worth, I also race a '74 Elite running a Chevy 350 through a Muncie 4-speed to a Jag XJS rear end (complete IRS unit) with another member of the forum. We've been running that car for 8 years now, but this is my first time working on a road-worthy, original Elite.


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By the way - being that I'm new to this whole idea of "make it nice" (street car) as opposed to "make it fast" (race car), I'll happily accept any recommendations on resources for parts and/or Elite-specific hints/tips.

I'm familiar with Lotusbits, SJ Sports Cars, and RD Enterprises, but that's about it at this point.


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You might want to ping @Esprit2 with any questions. I'm sure he could answer your Carb query.

That car looks to be in fairly nice shape already! Got any interior shots?

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You might want to ping @Esprit2 with any questions. I'm sure he could answer your Carb query.

That car looks to be in fairly nice shape already! Got any interior shots?
It is in fairly good shape. I think "restoration" is a bit of a strong word... maybe I should have said "freshening up". In fact... [ post edited ]

I've only taken a couple shots of the interior - strategically placed to capture only the most flattering angles.
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By the way - being that I'm new to this whole idea of "make it nice" (street car) as opposed to "make it fast" (race car), I'll happily accept any recommendations on resources for parts and/or Elite-specific hints/tips.

I'm familiar with Lotusbits, SJ Sports Cars, and RD Enterprises, but that's about it at this point.

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Oh, and US cars did come with strombergs, but the manifolds and carbs were pretty available
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beautiful car! Love the funky '70's Elite looks. rare to see a roadworthy condition one for a change. trashed ones are a dime a dozen...

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Looks to be in good condition. Enjoy.
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Nice Brian! How do you fit?

Come down and visit us - we have a '73 Europa torn completely down for restoration. Check it out: HERE

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Nice Brian! How do you fit?

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Nice Brian! How do you fit?

Come down and visit us - we have a '73 Europa torn completely down for restoration. Check it out: HERE
Hi Shinoo! The Elite has to be the most spacious Lotus out there -- tons of room, relatively speaking. (I might be singing a different tune if I was more torso and less leg, but long-legged me fits perfectly)

The Europa looks great! I haven't been to to your shop, in person, in years. Definitely need to make the trip.

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Nice. A real labor of love.

Please resist modding her more than functional improvements of fail prone stuff. There are only so many of these that will ever exist. When I have seen
them at LOG or such itís so so cool.

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Did you happen to buy this car in Georgia? It looks like the twin of the one a friend of mine bought new, then sold years later. The 2nd owner passed away and his widow sold it to another local guy who restored it to some degree.

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