Lot 254 - 1971 Lotus Elan +2S 130 ‘Big valve’
|Odometer reading||58,271 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
|Result||Sold - £16,800|
Based upon the two-seater Elan which had been launched by Lotus in 1962, a classic GT style 2+2 model was developed using a stretched chassis and widened track to accommodate two small rear seats. Improvements to the interior and the addition of front fog lights in 1969 characterised the new Elan +2 S in 1969 but it wasn't until the much-awaited big valve head engines arrived early in 1971 that the Elan +2 really came of age thanks to the new 126bhp output. Known as the Elan Sprint, the same engine was transplanted into the +2S to create the Elan +2 S 130, which also featured a silver metalflake roof to distinguish it from lesser models This version was capable of 125mph and 0-60 in just 7.4 seconds. It wasn't just the rapid performance that boosted Lotus's image but the fact that this model was the first that Lotus chose not to supply in kit form - thus controlling manufacturing quality.
This example in metallic gunmetal grey with the silver starflake roof is a '+2 S 130 Big Valve' model and comes directly to us from a small private collection of European sportscars in Cheshire. The car has an impressively documented history which verifies the low mileage at 58,271 miles and benefits from stainless steel manifolds and exhaust system plus a galvanised replacement chassis. Recent bills in the file show work undertaken to rebuild the cylinder head using hardened valve seats to run on unleaded fuel, new water pump plus timing chain tensioner and driveshaft conversion all conducted within the last 2,000 miles with bills beyond £6,000 from Club Lotus Heritage approved Specialists 'UK Sports Cars' in Canterbury.
The car has been hardly used since its MoT test in May when it passed with no advisories. The Elan is described as fun and engaging to drive with very capable performance and excellent road feel. The paintwork dates from many years ago and illustrates well the integrity of this glassfibre bodyshell with a handsome deep lustre and minimal evidence of structural flex across the years. Overall a very well documented and cared for example of the most desirable of Lotus's Elan +2's, ready to enjoy and show.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.