Journal: Choose Your Green ’69 Roadster

Choose Your Green ’69 Roadster

By Petrolicious Productions
April 16, 2013

Continuing last week’s approach-of-summer theme, we present another pair of open-top sports cars for your consideration. Though one is British, it fits neither of our previous featured cars super-trad mold. Its roadster counterpart comes from Italy, and however similar in concept, goes about its business in a very distinct way.

Maintaining that order, we’ll start with the Lotus. A beautiful ’69 Elan finished in obligatory British Racing Green, these little fiberglass fliers are universally regarded as one of the greatest driving cars of all-time—Gordon Murray was largely motivated to build the McLaren F1 by a desire to embody the Elan’s spirit as a modern supercar. Known for magic steering feel, superb ride quality and roadholding, and a free-revving twincam, the Elan is the driver’s choice of these two.

Though maybe not as a precise a drive, the gorgeous boattail Alfa Duetto Spider presented here is by no means a sloppy handling car, but majors on style and elegance where the Lotus concentrates on dynamics. These early round tail cars are infinitely better-looking than later Kamm rear examples, among the prettiest roadsters of the day in our opinion. With Alfa’s lovely, vocal and eager twincam fitted between delicately shaped fenders and one of the best interiors ever, the Alfa is the heart’s choice.

Where are your priorities?

1969 Lotus Elan

Click here for details on this Elan.

1969 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

Click here for details on this Duetto.

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frauki athans
frauki athans(@frauki_athans)
2 years ago

Awesome collection of amazing cars here you look at a memorable and also be favorable cars are present in this web page.

8 years ago

My garage holds two. Why choose?

Leucea Alexandru
Leucea Alexandru(@leuceaalexandru)
8 years ago

Alfa Romeo. For the looks, the engine sound, the heritage and the passion. The Elan would have to come second on this one.

Davis Kinzell
Davis Kinzell(@conky)
8 years ago

Elan all the way.

8 years ago

I’d take the Elan… simply because I already have a 1973 Alfa GTV 2.0

Jeff Knoespel
Jeff Knoespel(@fb_1386661081)
8 years ago

I’ve finally decided. I’d take the Elan. Its just so cool. Its tiny and lightweight and looks like a toy. Plus it looks great in BRG. The Elan is the quintessential British roadster, I think. If I had to pick these between these specific cars it would be even easier. (that teal is kinda ugly) but its such a pretty alfa. This was a hard one for me.

Erwan Brillot
Erwan Brillot(@starskeye)
8 years ago

Alfa, no doubt.

Andreas Lavesson
Andreas Lavesson(@andreas)
8 years ago

Definitely Elan. Like the Duetto too, but the Elan very high up on my wishlist.

Andre C  Hulstaert
Andre C Hulstaert(@andrehul)
8 years ago

Tough question, I like both but think I would go for the Elan notwithstanding it si so small

Dan Woodward
Dan Woodward(@woody)
8 years ago

The Elan.

If I had to choose a red one then it’d be the Spider. Tragic woman logic perhaps, but I’m not going to lie, both are glorious.

Horaţiu Lazăr
Horaţiu Lazăr(@fb_1411441110)
8 years ago

Alfa !

8 years ago

My Z1 with the doors down and straight six howling is perfect for sunny days blasting through the English countryside too!

Terrence Dorsey
Terrence Dorsey(@tpdorsey)
8 years ago

Tough choice. Both are icons. I think the smart move is to buy both, turning the odds in your favor that at least one will be running.

Garrett Hammerel
Garrett Hammerel(@fb_754953546)
8 years ago

I’ll take the Datsun 2000. Wait, does that come in green?

Josh Clason
Josh Clason(@joshclason)
8 years ago

If it doesn’t, it should!

Konstantyn Levyn Baranpourian
Konstantyn Levyn Baranpourian(@fb_1069784461)
8 years ago

I’d take the elan.
Never liked the mindset behind the duetto much;
I see it as a weekend cruiser and that’s not my style.

Isaac DC
Isaac DC(@isaacdc)
8 years ago

The Elan for me, Gordon Murray, designer of the McLaren F1, says that this car is ‘just good’. And I believe him on his word! And I like the Lotus’ ‘powerdome’.

Niklaus Gingro
Niklaus Gingro(@kingcrowing)
8 years ago

Lotus. Never driven one but the NA Miata was inspired by the Elan, and I love driving my NA more than just about any other car I’ve driven.

john tolle
john tolle(@runner)
8 years ago

I’ll take the Lotus, but would definitely not kick out the Alfa And would certainly have fun with either.

Wesley Borden
Wesley Borden(@wmborden)
8 years ago

Each has its own unique pros and cons, and I’d have to go with the Lotus. The styling is unique, the engine is bulletproof and tuner-friendly, and its pedigree is second to none.

andrea caldera
andrea caldera(@andre)
8 years ago

Alfa! no doubt!

Rip Curl
Rip Curl(@nuvolari)
8 years ago

Make that full of style. Can’t seem to correct my typo.

Rip Curl
Rip Curl(@nuvolari)
8 years ago

For me it is the Alfa hands down. Incredibly beautiful and full is style.

Ryan Hoyle
Ryan Hoyle(@drweelan)
8 years ago

Definitely the Lotus. Not really a fan of the Duetto to be honest.

BJ Barker
BJ Barker(@bjbarker)
8 years ago

As much as I like the Lotus, I think I’d go with the Alfa. There’s just something so iconic about the styling.