Hammond's icons: the Lotus Elan
I don't think a person can ever really grasp the concept of ‘petite' in a car context until they've been up close to a Lotus Elan. It's a ballet dancer with wheels. And with a purity and simplicity to the styling, it leads up to a great big question: how comfortable are you in a sports car with all of the macho aggression removed? As it turns out, I'm very happy indeed. And in something as far from a muscle car as an electron microscope is from a hammer, this comes as something of a surprise.