Lot 263 - 1969 Lotus Elan S4 Drop Head Coupé

Lot 263 - 1969  Lotus Elan S4 Drop Head Coupé

Lot 263 - 1969 Lotus Elan S4 Drop Head Coupé

Lot Number 263
Registration Not UK Registered
Chassis Number 458799
Engine Number G18158
Odometer reading 28,039 miles
Result Sold - £11,536

We are pleased to present this Lotus Elan S4 DHC (Drop Head Coupé) which has recently been repatriated from Long Beach, California. This is a genuine DHC and not, as commonly seen, an adapted hardtop version as confirmed by the Lotus 'Classic Certificate of Vehicle Provenance'. An accompanying letter from Lotus states that this is a Type 45 DHC with a unit number of 8799. It also confirms that the engine number G18158, with the suffix G, represents the standard compression and engine size for the American market. It further states that it left the factory on the 11th April 1969 under the invoice number of ECS4487, representing a factory assembled car for export. The Elan was originally distributed by 'British Motor Cars Distributors' in the Los Angeles area; unfortunately, Lotus has suffered loss of some of the original documents so cannot confirm the original works order or specifications of that time.

On inspection, this Elan requires restoration; the coachwork has partially been stripped but, importantly, the original engine still remains in it resulting in this being a matching numbers Elan; an important detail in relation to values. Further inspection reveals what appears to be a mostly complete motor car; the interior and glass is there but the interior will require re-trimming. Being of glass fibre construction, there are no corrosion issues to deal with in regard to the exterior. The gel coat has been stripped on the front of the bodywork, no doubt done to remove gel cracking that is common on this type of construction. The history file contains a NOVA Certificate, US Ownership Certificate, Import Entry Acceptance Advice (UK duties marked paid) and the previously mentioned Lotus letter and Lotus Classic Certificate of Vehicle Provenance.

Offered at 'No Reserve' this genuine Type 45 factory built Lotus Elan S4 represents an excellent opportunity given the strong support by restoration specialists and parts suppliers, plus the rising market prices for this model.


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