The Original Lotus Elite : Racing Car for the Road

By Dennis Ortenburger

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The Original Lotus Elite: Racing Car for the Road First published in 1977, Dennis Ortenburger's - The Original Lotus Elite became an instant classic. It was the first definitive book written about the cars and reflected his enthusiasm and the enormous amount of research put into the project with many photographs and historical details published for the first time.

The book also had the distinction of being one of the first to include factory records of every car built. Date of invoice, chassis and engine numbers, first customer and date sold were features of this list, which have enabled every Elite owner to trace his car's history starting at the very beginning. It was so successful in fact, that it spawned two more books on the Elite.


● The Shape
● The First Elite
● From Prototype to Production
● The Suspension
● The Engine
● The Assembly Line
● Driving the Elite
● Maintenance: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
● Racing Modifications
● Endurance Racing: le Mands and Nurburgring
● Elite Racing Personalities
● The Elite Goes to Market
● Purchase and Restoration
● Coventry Climax FWE Technical Description
● Lotus Elite Interchangeable Parts List
● Lotus Elite Production List
● Lotus Elite Chronology

Beyond the history and technical content, this book contains factory records of chassis numbers and build dates.
Paperback, 138 pages

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