The Lotus Elan was introduced in October 1962 at the British Motorshow. Elan was first launced as a roadster. An optional hardtop was offered in 1963 and a coupe version in 1965. Elan +2 was introduced in 1967 with two rear seats. Elan was the first Lotus road car to use the a steel backbone chassis, a technology that continued until 1995 on all Lotus road cars including the Europa, Excel and the Esprit.
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