Lot 300 - 1967 Lotus Elan +2
|Odometer reading||4,950 miles|
|Estimate||£15,000 - £20,000|
|Result||Sold - £20,720|
The original Elan was introduced in 1962 as a roadster, although an optional hardtop was offered in 1963 and a coupé version in 1965. The two-seat Lotus Elan replaced the elegant, but unreliable and expensive to produce, Lotus Elite. It was the first Lotus road car to use the, now famous, steel backbone sub-frame with a fibreglass body. The Elan embodied the Colin Chapman minimum weight design philosophy. It was technologically advanced with a Lotus-Ford twin-cam, 1558cc engine, four-wheel disc brakes and four-wheel independent suspension. The Elan +2 was introduced in 1967 with a longer wheelbase and two more rear seats. It was a fast and agile sporting coupé with very elegant lines. It combined the performance and reliability of the Elan Coupé with genuine 2+2 passenger comfort. With less than 1200 of these cars on the roads today, their relative rarity, beautiful lines, impressive performance and practicality are the main factors for the rising interest in these cars among collectors.
This particular example was purchased by the vendor from the original owner almost 30 years ago. The vendor informs us that in 1989, he had the chassis replaced with a galvanised one; he also had the body replaced at the same time. In more recent times the vendor undertook an extensive two year restoration on the car. The car had a complete respray, the interior was entirely replaced, the engine was rebuilt by Pat Thomas of Kelvedon Lotus with a new head and many upgraded internals and now boasts electronic ignition. Once these upgrades were complete and combined with a full stainless steel exhaust, the car was dyno tested and produced an impressive 137bhp. Among numerous other parts the car also received a gearbox overhaul, new wiring loom and adjustable shock absorbers. The bill for this restoration is estimated by the vendor to be over £20,000 and the pile of invoices in the history folder casts little doubt over this. The vehicle is supplied with a V5C registration document and a recent MoT test certificate. The time and attention given to restoring this car is immediately clear; it surely must be one of the best examples in the country requiring only one thing… a new owner.
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.