Elan 75

". . . everything a world class racing machine should be."  
~~  Catalog Quote ~~

The Elan 75 was one of  three bicycles in the Team LOTUS Racing Series produced in 1987. Following the Campagnolo equipped Design Cinelli Supreme and the Dura Ace equipped Prestige, the Elan 75 was outfitted with the Sugino 75 group which used carbon fiber component enhancements.  The bicycle also used the Tange #75 fork crown.  The bicycle was only available in the pictured black and white fade, a fitting color choice given the carbon components, relatively new technology at that time.

We believe the the image below is a pre-production photo because the water bottle isn't imprinted with the LOTUS logo as in the catalog photos of the time.  The extent of the paint fade also obscured the LOTUS logo on the downtube, production models we have seen usually have less black fade on the down tube and chain/seat stays.

Factory Photo of Elan 75

Lotus Elan 75 in Black and White FadeSugino 75 Brake Levers in Carbon Fiber

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1987 Lotus Elan 75 
Team LOTUS Racing Series
Frame Details Eisho investment cast lugs, Sugino 75 bottom bracket shell, semi-wrap seat stay ends, braze on front derailleur, top tube cable guides, shift lever bosses on downtube.
Frame Tubing Tange Prestige DB Chrome Moly Headset Suntour Superbe pro 
Fork Tange Prestige Blades w/ Tange 75 Crown Handlebar Nitto 185-F Black w/ Gold Trim
Colors White w/ Black Fade Stem Nitto Pearl Black w/ Gold Trim
Frame Sizes 48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 60, 63 cm Brakes Sugino 75 Alloy w/ Black Accents
Levers: Sugino 75 Aero Graphite High Carbon Fiber
Crank Sugino 75 Alloy, Carbon Fiber Inlay Chainrings Seatpost Sugino SP-KC
Pedals Sugino 75 One Piece Carbon Fiber w/ Sugino 75 Toe Clips LOTUS straps Saddle Selle Italia Super Turbo Black Suede 
Shift Levers Sugino 75 High Carbon Graphite Rims Araya Pro Staff, Super Hard Anodized, 32 Holes
Front Derailleur Sugino 75 Brazed On  Hubs Suntour Superbe Pro, Sealed
Rear Derailleur Sugino 75, Sealed Bearing Pulleys Spokes 14-15 DB Stainless Steel
Freewheel Suntour Winner Pro, 7 Cogs, 12-21  Tires Panaracer Super Leger, Tubular
Chain Suntour SP-6000 Ultra Weight 20 lbs. for 54cm
Notes  Accessories: LOTUS Water Bottle, Rim Cement, Alloy Cage. 
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