Lotus Eclat

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Lotus Eclat
Lotus éclat 22.jpg
Manufacturer Lotus Cars
Production 1974–1982
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Body style 2-door coupe
Engine 2.0L Lotus 907 Slant Four or 2.2L Lotus 912 Slant Four
Transmission 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 (2,326 lb)
Successor Lotus Excel

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 900 series engine series, which was also used in naturally aspirated and turbo charged versions in the Lotus Esprit.

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

As of 2011, 1,024 are still registered in the United Kingdom but more than half of them are listed as SORN.[2]


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.



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