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Elan (M100)


The Lotus Elan M100, commonly referred to as the Lotus Elan, is a sports car produced by Lotus Cars from 1989 to 1995. It's a front-wheel-drive convertible that departed from Lotus's typical rear-wheel-drive, fiberglass monocoque construction, utilizing a steel backbone chassis bonded to a fiberglass body.

Here are some key aspects and features of the Lotus Elan M100 convertible:

Design: The Elan M100 convertible features a sleek and aerodynamic design, with pop-up headlights, a low hoodline, and a short rear deck. Its styling reflects the sports car aesthetics of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Engine: Powering the Elan M100 convertible is a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four engine sourced from Isuzu. This engine, known as the Lotus 16-valve 4-cylinder turbocharged 4XE1-T, produces around 162 horsepower (depending on the market) and is paired with a five-speed manual transmission. The turbocharged engine provides spirited performance and brisk acceleration.

Handling: The Elan M100 convertible is celebrated for its exceptional handling and agility. Its front-wheel-drive layout, combined with a lightweight chassis and sophisticated suspension system, results in precise steering and nimble cornering capabilities. The car offers excellent balance and stability, making it a joy to drive on winding roads.

Convertible Top: The Elan M100 convertible features a manually operated soft top that can be easily raised or lowered. The convertible roof allows for open-air motoring, providing occupants with the exhilarating experience of driving with the wind in their hair.

Technology: The Elan M100 convertible was equipped with advanced technology for its time, including features such as ABS (anti-lock braking system), power steering, and an active rear suspension system known as "Hydratrak," which automatically adjusted the rear suspension to optimize traction and stability.

Production: Production of the Lotus Elan M100 convertible ceased in 1995 after approximately 3,855 units were built. Despite receiving praise for its performance and handling, the Elan M100 faced challenges in the marketplace, including production delays and high manufacturing costs.

Overall, the Lotus Elan M100 convertible remains a notable and collectible model in Lotus's history. Its combination of turbocharged performance, agile handling, and open-top driving experience continues to attract enthusiasts who appreciate its unique characteristics and driving dynamics.

Replacement Roof

The replacement convertible roofs that we supply and fit are OEM parts. This ensures the highest quality and reliability for both you and your vehicle. Crafted with precision and adhering to strict standards, these roofs epitomise excellence in both performance and durability.

Convertible roof replacements featuring an encapsulated rear screen include a brand-new screen encapsulated within the new replacement roof.

We stand firmly behind our craftsmanship, offering a comprehensive 12-month guarantee on both our work and the roofs themselves. This warranty underscores our commitment to delivering not just superior products, but also the confidence and peace of mind that accompany our exceptional service and top-tier convertible roofs.

Available in a diverse array of colours, our selection allows you to personalise your vehicle while maintaining the assurance of OEM quality.


Common Faults Include....

  • Convertible top remains stuck in open position
  • Stiff operation of roof mechanism
  • Misalignment of frame affecting roof mechanism
  • Water seepage through weather seals
  • Insecure front roof attachment due to faulty catches
  • Torn, damaged, or frayed soft top fabric
  • Failure of tonneau cover or rear lid to close
  • Issues with stuck or damaged sliders on frame cover
  • Dryness or deterioration in weather seals
  • Cracks in frame or deformation in rear bow
  • Foggy or cracked plastic rear window
  • Boot lid fails to open
  • Torn, frayed, or damaged headlining
  • Obstruction in roof drains
  • Difficulty in operating stiff manual front catches
  • Shrinkage of weather seals, allowing visibility through gaps

Should any of these issues be present, feel free to get in touch with us via phone, email, or by completing our contact form. Your communication is valuable to us.


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At present, our inability to furnish pricing online stems from the dynamic nature of global economics, which has led to substantial fluctuations in the costs of parts and materials on a day-to-day basis. The intricate interplay of market forces, supply chain disruptions, and geopolitical factors has rendered pricing incredibly volatile, making it challenging to provide accurate and up-to-date figures in real-time.

As we remain committed to offering fair and transparent pricing to our customers, we find it prudent to ensure that any pricing information reflects the current market reality, hence our decision to refrain from online pricing until we can reliably provide figures that align with the ongoing fluctuations in the global economy.

For pricing concerning above make and model, contact us through via phone, email, or by completing the contact form provided below.

For immediate pricing information, we recommend contacting our office directly. We respond to emails and inquiries submitted via the contact form within a 24-hour timeframe.


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