Lot 220 - 1964 Lotus Elan S2
|Engine Number||LP2180 LBA|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £27,440|
Introduced in 1962, the Elan featured a simple but effective steel backbone frame and all-independent wishbone suspension which used a modified Chapman Strut, as developed in Lotus Grand Prix cars, at the rear. Rack-and-pinion steering was sourced from the Triumph Vitesse and there were Girling disc brakes all round. The Elan's engine was a highly modified 1498cc (later 1558cc) Ford Cortina unit incorporating Lotus's own twin-camshaft cylinder head and both the gearbox and differential came likewise from Ford. Introduced in November 1964, the S2 featured numerous detail styling changes and improved brakes. As one would expect, given its background and specification, the Elan proved to be a highly capable circuit racer and, capitalising on the numerous successes achieved by privately entered cars, Lotus introduced their own version, the '26R', in 1964.
Finished in iconic Lotus red with original black trim, this very early Series 2 Elan (sometimes known as a Series 1 1/2) is one of only 15-20 cars built with the Series 1 rear lights - three round lights on either side and pull up windows with a chrome button. Later, Lotus changed to the Series 2/3 eliptical rear lights with wind up windows making this particular Lotus a very rare car. It has the original body shell, perfect wheel arches and original body panels, doors, bonnet and boot. It also has the original engine, close ratio gearbox, perfect chassis and original chassis plate, seats, instruments, dash board, door handles, gear knob, green and yellow horn push, steel wheels with Lotus hub caps, cant rails and hood mechanism and pedals. The bodywork and the paint are both in very good condition and the car drives well. It has recently had new front shock absorbers, a full service and a brake rebuild including new front brake callipers. It is fitted with Lotus gearstick knob, steering wheel, fly-off petrol cap, walnut dash and a black hood cover. A full ground-up restoration took place 8,000 miles ago and the V5C certificate shows the car is a one owner vehicle from new with genuine mileage and matching numbers throughout. This is surely a fast appreciating asset.