Monday, June 13, 2016

Egad What's That? 1979 Lotus Eclat

by Adam -- In posting about the Jensen-Healey I asked if anyone had seen another Lotus 907 powered classic cheap? To follow up and to answer the question I present for your approval a 1979 Lotus Eclat. Some may say "Egad, what is that?" should you purchase this fine Lotus you could well say "My good chap this is my fine Lotus Eclat!" Monocle and gloves to slap the offender are optional. Merriam-Webster defines Eclat ostentatious display, dazzling effect, or brilliant or conspicuous success and the car was well received and applauded for it's handling and grip. This 1979 Lotus Eclat is for sale in Tucson, Arizona for $6,200 via craigslist
Good looking from the side profile, the paint appears to be in good shape. The seller indicates the car is a driver with 50,000 miles on the odometer. The cars did have 4 and 5 speed manual transmissions as well as an automatic. This car contains the four speed. From the photograph the original wheels are included. The series 1 cars from 1974 to 1980 had a felt strip in between the body and steel crossmember which trapped water causing corrosion in damp climates so that will be something to look out for although many cars have been retrofitted. Series 2 cars from 1980 to 1982 avoided the rust issue with different gaskets and galvanized chassis.   

A front engine rear wheel drive Lotus in not what someone growing up in the 80's usually thinks of when exposed to the Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me but the Eclat is not without it's charms. The 1973 cc dual overhead cam, 16 valve all alloy engine produced approximately 144 bhp but was all top end power and earned the nickname “The Torqueless Wonder” and also went on to power the Lotus Esprit and Lotus Elite. Later Series 2 cars used a larger Lotus 912 engine with 2174 cc and producing 160 hp. I imagine the engines could be boosted to obtain more power.

Price is negotiable and armed with a little knowledge you may end up with a unique car that has handling and steering by Lotus.

Here is another time wasting video about the Eclat to help you avoid work.  The nickname Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious (Lotus) usually refers to examples not well sorted and there is a derisive saying for every brand but once up to speed I find cars are usually more reliable than conventional wisdom dictates. Don't you?   Fill in your own favorite derisive mnemonic below and lets see if we can't start the definitive collection.  
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A refugee from the frozen north who loves running and water sports, Adam can be found looking for the next slow car to drive fast when he has access to electronics he hasn't immersed in liquids. He's and analog kid not a digital man. 

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