C L I M A X E L I T E
Lotus Elite - Racing
Car For The Road. The
Lotus Elite was first introduced to a startled public at the Earls Court
Motor Show in October 1957. Show goers were amazed to see a beautiful
streamlined coupe that no one, outside the tiny Lotus works in North London,
knew was coming. The car’s fluid and almost delicate shape concealed
an all fibreglass monocoque, an all aluminium SOHC engine, four wheel
independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes.
Special Edition. With your
requested chassis number and signed by the Author, presented in a silver
Perspex slipcase with Lady Godiva badge.
The Original Lotus
Elite. Racing Car for the Road. Volume 1. Green cover. 136 pgs.,
186 ill. First Ortenburger book about that car. A most revealing and comprehensive
look at one of the most beautiful and technologically advanced cars of
its time. Published 1977, soft cover. Sold out wordwide and very hard
to find now.
Lotus Elite, Second
book from Dennis Ortenburger. The original Lotus Elite (not to be confused
with the ugly 1970s version) broke new ground in car construction. A fibreglass
monocoque was something that was revolutionary at its unveiling in 1957.
Even now many cars can only match its 0.29 drag co-efficient. Covers development,
design, club racing, marketing, restoration maintenance, and includes
a source list. Incl. a complete list of all owners. Foreword by John Wagstaff.
Published in 1990. 258 pgs, 240 ill., grey hardcover, sold out world wide,
originals here in stock.
Lotus Elite 1961.
By Tadashi Morita. Soft cover with technical drawings and beautiful photos
about a restoration of the famous Climax Elite. Has 114 pgs. in
Japanese, but 120 b/w & colour pictures and 80 technical drawings.
Lotus Elite, 1957-1964,
Very early Brooklands publication, yellow cover. 100 pgs. with 38 road
tests from 1957 to 1980. New and used, driving impression, comparison
with the Elan, appreciation and description, are all included. Paperback,
available from my stock.
Lotus Elite, Limited
Edition. Second Brooklands edition. 1957 - 1962. Road and track tests,
new model introductions, technical appraisals, performance data, driving
impressions plus a comprehensive case history and profile, trace the progress
of the Lotus Elite from its introduction in 1957 until production ended
over six years later. 92 pgs, approx. 200 illus.
Lotus Elite. David
Phipps, small booklet about the famous Climax Elite. Printed in the early
seventies. Original, not a reprint in stock. 12 pgs. Very hard to find.
Lotus: The Elite, Elan,
Europa. Chris Harvey takes a critical look at those early cars.
248 pgs. 100 b/w, Contents: Racing cars for the road / The
Lotus Elan / The brave new Europa / Elite, Elan, Europa in competition
/ Buying and restoring, Interchange-ability of parts / modifying
the Elite, Elan, Europa. Sold out worldwide.
Lotus Elite, Technical
Abstracts. A booklet with very good tips for the restoration
of the car. Published some years ago by Club Elite USA.
Lotus Elite, Handbook.
Harry Hales, pub. by the Club Elite USA. Everything you
need to know if you would like to drive or maintain your Climax Elite.
Lotus Elite S II Climax,
Workshop Manual. Reprint with 136 pgs. incl. large competition
supplement and a spare parts list for the famous ZF gearbox. Not the same
as published by Club Elite. This edition has a lot more pgs. Hardcover.
Elite Electrics &
Additional Information. Maintenance instructions for Lucas Electrical
Equipment, fitted to the Lotus Elite. A small reprint from the rare “Sports
car & Lotus Owner“ magazine with a parts list.
Coventry Climax Workshop
Manual, FWA, FWB, and FWE engines: 40 pgs. FPF (1.475 cc):
4pgs. The Fire pump FWP: Now enlarged to more than 200 pgs.
A very hard to find reprint with colour title, specification sheets, sales-material
and press reports.
See also chapter engines!