I have never seen any information regarding Lotus bicycles being built or imported into Canada. I think someone probably affixed a Made in Canada sticker after the fact.
The Elan was first made for Lotus by Pacific Cycles in Taiwan (easily confused with the huge conglomerate, Pacific Cycle) around 1982 to 1984-ish. This model looks to be the later style. The Pacific Cycles Lotus Elan, Elite, Special, Prestige (and later the track frame, Sprint) were mostly all entry level Lotus models with the Prestige being the nicer of the group. Lotus also had bicycles made for them by Tsunoda and Maruishi (and possibly others).
I suppose, in order to save costs, all the Pacific Cycles bikes were covered in one owner's manual
Many of the Pacific Cycles bicycles have the serial number stamped on the seat tube near the bottom bracket and will begin with the letter "P".
Last edited by Snydermann; 02-02-12 at 05:47 PM.
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