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1974 Lotus Elite II [Type 83]

1974 Lotus Elite II [Type 83] in Rain Man, Movie, 1988 IMDB

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: UK

1974 Lotus Elite II [Type 83]

Position 00:04:36 [*] Background vehicle

Comments about this vehicle


stronghold EN

2005-12-10 22:00


Lotus Elite (started production in 1974).

antp BE

2005-12-10 22:01


Strange to see a Lotus in the middle of all these Italian cars :)

stronghold EN

2005-12-10 22:15


I suppose it's exotic looking.!
From the front view it seems to be a later Series 2 version (1980's ...don't know the exact date the production started.!)

ecuriebelge BE

2008-11-01 18:13


It's nose (under the bumper) is not original, that makes it indeed more difficult to recognise

dsl SX

2015-07-25 17:11


stronghold wrote ... front view seems to be a later Series 2 version (1980s ...don't know the exact date the production started.)

Series 2 was May 80 - had wider front spoiler, described as wrapround. I think this is normal 74+ with US bumpers.

night cub US

2015-07-25 21:35


I've never seen one with bumpers like that. The ones that I've found either have a flat bumper or a ledge-style. Never seen one in the US with fog lights like this, usually the parking lights/turn signals are integrated into the bumper where the outer fog lights are. This model was only available until about 1979 here. The two imported guide resources I have both have 1976 as the first year for this model, but I have seen several on eBay that are 1974 US-Spec. NADA lists the model for 1974, no Lotus models for 1975, and 3 models (Elite/Éclat Sprint/ and Esprit) for 1976-79. From 1980-on, just the Esprit is listed.

Flat bumper/Ledge:
[Image: 1976elite3dr-red-s006.jpg] [Image: 1980lotuselite3drf.jpg] [Image: 1976elite3dr-gray-13l31.jpg]

-- Last edit: 2015-07-25 21:39:12

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