Lot 178 - 1964 Lotus Elan S2 Roadster

Lot 178 - 1964 Lotus Elan S2 Roadster

Lot 178 - 1964 Lotus Elan S2 Roadster

Lot Number 178
Registration EJH 331B
Chassis Number CHN 0263915
Engine Number LP2180 LBA
Odometer reading 727
Estimate £34,000 - £39,000
Result Sold - £26,000

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.

This very early Series 2 Elan (sometimes known as a Series 1½) 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 elliptical rear lights with wind up windows making this particular Lotus a very rare car. It has been the subject to a full ground-up restoration which took place 8,000 miles ago. Purchased by the vendor a couple of years ago, he was not happy with the paint finish so he has had the front half taken back to the gel coat and repainted again, he has also had the mechanical aspect of the restoration gone through and fully serviced and it is reported to be driving superbly. Finished in iconic Lotus red with original black trim, 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. Just before the change of ownership, the car had new front shock absorbers fitted and a brake rebuild including new front brake callipers. Supplied with the car is a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in July 2017, a tonneau cover and hood with its mechanism. A rare, matching numbers Lotus which is surely a fast appreciating asset.

 

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