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Lotus Eclat
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Manufacturer Lotus Cars
Production 1974–1982
Class Sports car
Body style(s) 2-door coupe
Engine(s) 2.0L Lotus 907 Slant Four or 2.2L Lotus 912 Slant Four
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,438 mm (96.0 in)
Length 4,458 mm (175.5 in)
Width 1,816 mm (71.5 in)
Height 1,194 mm (47.0 in)
Curb weight 1,055 kg (2,330 lb)

The Type 76 and Type 84 Lotus Eclat, built from 1974 to 1982, was a front engine rear drive coupe. It was based on the Lotus Elite but had a fastback body style which offered more practicality with storage in the boot (trunk).

The Eclat Series 1 (1974-1980) used a 1973 cc 160 hp (120 kW) Lotus 907 Slant Four engine. Later cars (1980-1982) used a larger 2174 cc Lotus 912 engine, however, because of emission regulations modifications it still only produced 160 hp (120 kW). Both were versions of the Lotus 907 engine series, which was also used in naturally aspirated and turbo charged versions in the Lotus Esprit.

The car was priced at $28,400 in 1979, which was almost as much as a Mercedes-Benz 450 SL ($28,687).[1]


The original mild steel chassis fitted by Lotus supported the glassfibre body at the rear by sandwiching a strip of felt, which fitted between body and the steel crossmember of the chassis. In damp climates, the felt became a water trap and caused structural corrosion, resulting in a crumbling rear chassis. Chassis replacement is not cost effective on these vehicles (Elite and Eclat) and by consequence resale values suffered hugely. Series 2 cars were fitted with a galvanised chassis as standard and a large number of series 1 vehicles have had replacements fitted, which are usually galvanised. The tainted reputation of these vehicles caused by rotting chassis (and other minor irks) has made surviving cars one of the best UK exotic sports car bargains, especially the S2's (or S1's which have been loved enough by a previous owner to fit a galvanised chassis).



  1. ^ Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Febr. 1979, Jg. 33, No. 2, p. 43, ISSN 1528-9729

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