1964 LOTUS ELITE
The first Lotus Elite or Type 14 was produced from 1957 to 1962, it's an ultra-light two-seater coup?. What made the Elite distinctive was its fiberglass monocoque construction, in which a stressed-skin unibody replaced the previously separate chassis and body components. The Elite also used this glass-reinforced plastic material for the entire load-bearing structure of the car, though the front of the monocoque incorporated a steel subframe supporting the engine and front suspension. The resultant body was both lighter, stiffer, and provided better driver protection in the event of a crash. The weight savings allowed the Elite to achieve sports car performance from a 75 hp.