Monday, November 17, 2014

5k: V8 Swapped: 1976 Lotus Elite

The Lotus Elite was a shooting brake style beast that was the world's most expensive 4-cylinder car when launched and is now traded on the weekends for a sizable Beanie Baby collection.  Swap in a Chevrolet V8, slap some nasty customized trim and scare the neighbors with one like this. Find this 1976 Lotus Elite with V8 swap here on eBay currently bidding for $200 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go.  Tip from Spiderbill.


When it left the factory, this Elite had a Lotus type 907 inline-4 cylinder engine displacing 2.0 liters and rated at 155 horsepower.  It also was free from the Buick (?) portholes on the fenders, giant hood scoop and oversized wheels.


Under the hood now is a small block Chevrolet V8; probably a 327 cubic inch version if the crypic text in the advertisement can be trusted.  When properly uncorked a 327 should be good for 300 horsepower, but who knows in this one.


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16 comments:

  1. This just in: Lotus Cars Ltd is suing the owner of this beast, to force him to remove all identifying signs and badges.

    In other news, a dust storm erupted in the cemetery where Colin Chapman is buried. The apparent cause was Mr. Chapman spinning in his grave.

    Film at 11....

    (personally, this guy had me at "ventiports" )

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  2. This is the worst thing to come out of Florida in the last 20 minutes.

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    1. Hey, cut it out. Without FL think of all the snarkiness we all would have to forgo as all the haters would have to choose a less-socially acceptable region to make constant fun of. Consider this: at least we reliably entertain you.

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  3. All I can say is why mess with a good thing!! The good thing in this case is now ruined and needs to be burnt...quickly

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  4. If it was cheap enough, I'd do it. I might get rid of some of those ornaments, or just make horrible taste a thing.

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  5. If Joe Dirt and James Bond had a love child

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    1. Man that is one messed up gene pool right there, when Lotus + Hemi = Chebby? Looks like the mullet is a dominant trait.

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  6. Nothing says missing teeth and a mullet faster than a wing and a hood scoop.

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  7. My folks bought me a bitchin' Elite
    With no insurance to match
    So if I happen to run you down
    Please don't leave a scratch

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    1. eccentric_hundredaireNovember 18, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      Dead milkmen for the win!

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  8. I just bid $200 damn didn't make reserve. I really need those fender vents, don't know what I do with the rest of it.
    Hmmmm that hood scoop might look good on the trailer house, might have to raise my bid.

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  9. Two 928s and a wide body 911 also present... Do we dare speculate what terrible end he has planned for them? Somebody....do something!!!

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  10. As soon as I saw the picture I knew why there were 11 comments already. Hmmmm the car looks like Mad Max if he was a transvestite

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  11. ^^^ Best comment. I literally signed on to land the same "Mad Max's gay brother" joke. Well played Paul Wells.

    As for the car. That is "Florida Man" quality stuff.

    http://floridamanandwoman.tumblr.com/

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  12. Black out the rear hatch, the spoilers, the mirrors and the hood, then go get some 22" spinners. This car is a good start it just needs finishing details.

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