1997 Kia Elan Vigato

1997 Kia Lotus Elan Vigato

By September 1995 it looked as though it was the end of the road for the Elan – but then Kia swooped in and bought the rights and the tooling to produce the car. The Korean company wanted the Elan as a halo model to funk up its range, but only in its home market, although a few cars would be sold overseas.

The Kia Elan was produced from 1996 through 1997. It was a rebadged version of the Lotus Type M100 Elan which had been produced from 1989 through 1995. The front-engined, front wheel driver vehicle was offered as a 2-door convertible roadster.