Lot 289 - 1970 Lotus Elan S4
|Odometer reading||850 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £23,206|
The Lotus Elan was designed in 1962 by the legendary Colin Chapman, whose brilliance at lightweight chassis design produced one of the best handling sports cars ever; a design which is still revered as much today.
The previous model, the Lotus Elite, had glassfibre monocoque bodywork which proved insufficiently rigid. Chapman introduced an effective steel backbone chassis to the Elan whilst still retaining the glassfibre bodywork. So successful was this chassis, that it still forms the basis of Lotus cars today. Only weighing in at 680kgs and with a cleverly designed twin cam 1498cc (and later 1558cc) engine built upon an existing Ford unit, it proved exceptionally nimble on the straights and in the corners showing Chapman's true understanding of suspension dynamics. In March 1968 the final Series 4 was introduced. Benefits included dashboard fresh air vents and improved interior trim and fittings. The glassfibre coachwork was lighter and incorporated flared wheel arches to accommodate the wider wheels; side repeater/indicators and larger Plus 2 rear lights were also added.
This S4 Elan offered today is a 1970 factory built model that features the desirable four speed gearbox, twin exhaust, alternator conversion and has only had four owners from new. This is a genuine convertible and not, as is commonly seen, an adapted hardtop version. Between 2008 and 2010 this Lotus underwent a restoration with the aim of retaining as much originality as possible. However, and importantly, the restoration included a replacement chassis with the well known Spyder unit and an engine rebuild. A new tonneau, soft top, carpets and wing mirrors were also fitted, and the wheels were stripped, sandblasted and finished in black. All parts were sourced from well known specialists including QED Motorsport and Mick Miller Classic Lotus.
The vendor took two years to find an Elan like this that would measure up to his standards. He reports that the car starts easily and maintains good oil pressure whilst hot or cold. An extensive history file supports the works completed and also includes an Owner's Workshop Manual. With a current MoT test certificate and road fund licence, this Elan may be enjoyed on the open road straight away.
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