Lot 232 - 1973 Lotus Elan +2 HSCC Race car
|Estimate||£13,000 - £16,000|
|Result||Sold - £15,400|
The original Elan was introduced in 1962 as a roadster although an optional hardtop was offered in 1963 and a coupé in 1965. It was the first Lotus road car to use the now famous steel backbone sub frame with a fibreglass body. At 1,500lb, the Elan embodied the Colin Chapman minimum weight design philosophy. It was technologically advanced with a twin-cam 1558cc engine, four-wheel disc brakes and four wheel independent suspensions.
Built by Dean Forward of the Forward racing team, this beautifully presented Elan is completely race ready apart from the need for a new inspected race seat ready for HSCC Class C (70's Roadsports) racing. Offered also are two sets of wheels and tyres, fully adjustable suspension and a valid MoT test certificate valid until August 2015. Within the history file provided is a breakdown of the races that both Dean Forward and its second owner Jason Higginnbottom have taken part in, with some success, indeed it was 1st in Class at Oulton Park and Croft in 2011 along with fastest lap at both meets and winning overall in the 2011 HSCC 70's Road Sports Championship before going on to compete at Silverstone and Croft again in 2012. Present also is a photographic record of the race build undertaken in 2010 specifically for the HSCC 70'S Sports Championship however it is also eligible for other race series and has a HSCC log book.
The engine was built by Twin Cam specialists B&J Race Engines, Manchester to full race spec with four-speed race gearbox, heavy duty race clutch with concentric slave cylinder, lightened flywheel, solid driveshafts, Stack instruments, plumbed-in fire system, foam filled fuel tank, Willens harness, Recaro seat, two sets of Minilite wheels fitted with excellent Yokohama tyres and purpose modified lifting jacks. The vendor informs us that the car is in excellent condition throughout and runs beautifully having completed only six races from new; at this estimate we think this is a very attractive proposition and route into Historic motor racing.
*Available with the car post-auction is a 2013 Brian James A-Max Trailer in as new condition for an additional £2,000 payable direct to the vendor.