Monday, March 31, 2014

5k: Eclat Lady: 1977 Lotus Eclat...3 of them...

 The term cat lady is a pejorative thrown at spinsters who've picked up a few too many stray/abandoned cats...but what if that same lady chose to pickup stray/abandoned Eclats?  Would you avoid walking past her house on the way home for fear of wicca spells?  Or would you shower her with flowers and ask if she needs a live-in companion to help with her Eclitter?  Start your own Eclat collection with these three 1977 Lotus Eclats offered for $2750, $2750 and $1750 offered from the same seller and located in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.


The Lotus Eclat is one of those weird cars where engineering pursuit of awesomeness got the better of common sense.  In a noble pursuit of Colin Chapman's ideals, the Eclat had a glassfiber body bonded to a mild steel chassis suing a mixture of soggy biscuits, honey and Earl Grey tea.  Any exposure to moisture from a damp climate, morning dew, or warm breath will turn the cardboard/metal interface to rusty-mush and the star trek shuttle shaped glassfiber top will take flight. 



The Eclat is a slightly less ugly version of the Elite and as such shares the same Lotus 907 inline-4 originally used in the Jensen-Healey.  The 2.0 liter inline-4 is a technological tour-de-force...at least from an early 1970s perspective and features a dual-over-head-cam setup and 160 horsepower.  It may not sound like much in today's world of high powered engines, but back in 1974 it was about the best power/liter you could get in anything without a serious price tag.



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    1. I am glad I am not the only one who did a double take on that phrase.....

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    2. mumble mumble....something about a little man in a boat...*cough*

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    3. Did you just call me Mulva?

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  2. It is truly the island of lost autos. I see a Merkur Scorpio right behind the Eclat in the top photo. Owned one, loved it, when it ran. Try to find someone to work on them, though. Massive electric gremlins. Traded it in on a Volvo 940 wagon to a salesman who didn't even see the car first, and thought he'd pulled the wool over my eyes. I was grateful it started to take it to the dealer. Good times.

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    1. I stopped noticing the background cars when I got to the Mustang II, but now that you mention it, looks like there's also a Lancia Scorpion and possibly a Datsun 1600.

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    2. The wife has a Mustang II exactly like the one in the picture.
      I bought it because it is exactly the same as the first car she bought.
      Her Mustang II is spending the entire month of April inside the Ford World Headquarters lobby as part of a Mustang display.

      The wife don't know it yet, but I got plans next year to start making it the ultimate sleeper. Already bought the drop spindles, sway bars, poly bushings and the like. For the engine it will either be the old SVO 2.3 turbo-5 speed as it would be an easy bolt in or go with a wrecked 2015 Mustang 2.5 turbo 4 drivetrain.

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    3. Good luck getting ahold of the 2.5 Turbo drivetrain.. I've been waiting to see someone bolt that into an early '65-66 (T-code) Mustang or a Mustang II or even an SVO. Go man, Go!

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    4. You had me at Merkur Scorpio.

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