Lotus Elan Tyres
- The first Lotus Elan 1500 cars came initially fitted with 520X13 Goodyear crossply with a 145R13 radial option.
- In 1964 they moved to 145R13 Dunlop SP41 radials as standard. Then in spring ’65 moved onto Goodyear G800.
- The 145HR13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67 is perfect for these early cars.
- The ideal inner tube for this is the Michelin 13CG inner tube.
- The Lotus Elan SE from 1969 fitted 155x13 tyres. The best tyre in this size is a 155 HR 13 Michelin XAS FF.
- If you have a Lotus Elan Plus 2 they originally fitted a 165x13 tyre; the best option is the 165 HR 13 Michelin XAS FF .
- 155 R13 and 165 R13 tyres are best suited to Michelin 13D inner tubes.
- If you want a bigger tyre the 175/70 VR 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36 is best. However an Elan will handle better with it’s original tyre size.
- Some people like to fit a wider tyre, if that’s you, we would recommend the 185/70 VR 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36 for the Elan +2. These tyres would best fit a Michelin 13E inner tube.
- Inner tubes are not essential for most radial tyres, but they can still be the better option when compared to going tubeless. For more information, see our inner tube guide.
- Here are our thoughts on Lotus Elan tyre pressures.
Lotus Elan Recommended Tyres
Other Options for Lotus Elan Tyres
Lotus Elan tyre pressures
- Elan 1500 with 145R13 radial tyres 24 psi front and rear.
- Elan S.E. with 155R15 tyres 24 psi front & 29 psi rear.
- Elan +2 with 165R13 26 psi front and 30 psi rear.
Independent Tyre Test - The Results
In the world of modern tyres it is common place to come across a tyre test. However in the world of classic tyres the investment never seems to be there to do a proper modern tyre test. However a German magazine in July 2016 conducted this modern tyre test using classic tyres. This classic tyre test has been translated from German to English. What is remarkable in this tyre test is quite how well the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 classic tyre performed in the table at the end. The scores in this table are not scored in relationship to the other tyres in the test, so when a score of 1 is recorded, then that is a perfect score for a classic tyre or a modern tyre. It is wonderful to see that these classic PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 tyres can give such exemplary results.
History of the Lotus Elan
The Lotus Elan was first launched in October of 1962 at the London Motor Show. The car caused quite a stir and as a result eager would be customers signed on the dotted line to go on a waiting list to own there very own Lotus Elan. They waited until May of the following year, when the first Lotus Elan rolled off the production line, to actually receive there car. The car cost £1499.00 in complete form or for £1095 you could purchase the car in partial kit form. The Lotus Elan was based on a folded steel backbone chassis incorporating a lightweight fibreglass body shell. The car encompassed a 1558cc twin-cam engine which was a conversion of the new Ford Anglia engine. The Lotus Elan would later go on to have a power boost in the form of a 1596cc engine. The Lotus Elan offered outstanding road holding and driver pleasure without the harsh bumpy ride that was common on other two seater sports cars of the era. This was also true of the Series 2 Lotus Elan also.